Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin on Monday announced, with members of state, county and federal agencies, a major statewide collaboration to ensure a more convenient way for the public to drop off unused prescription drugs at designated police stations across the state.
The Hawai‘i Medication Drop Box Program is a public health and public safety partnership between the Department of the Attorney General, Department of Health, Department of Public Safety, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Hawai‘i, Maui, Honolulu, and Kauai Police Departments.
After several meetings, the roles and responsibilities of these departments have been determined, with a cooperative understanding, to implement and sustain the Drop Box Program by utilizing federal, state, and county resources.
“This is a game-changer for a serious public health issue,” said Lt. Governor Chin. “We’re being proactive and making it easier to remove dangerous drugs from our homes, schools and streets 365 days a year.”
The Hawai‘i Medication Drop Box Program will supplement, not replace the national drug take back events that state and federal law enforcement plan to continue twice a year. From 2010 to 2017, nearly 30,500 pounds of prescription drugs were collected here at previous events and disposed of safely.
On Monday, Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu participated in the Statewide launch of the Hawai`i Medication Drop box Program at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
The program involves the placement of green drop boxes in easily accessible locations at each of Maui County’s six police stations. The public will be able to drop off any unwanted, unused and unnecessary prescription medication at any of these boxes.
A contributing factor to the Opioid crisis is the ease of access to medications such as these, according to MPD officials.
Many times people who have been prescribed medications find they no longer need it, others are left to wonder what they should do with medications left by loved ones who have passed. People often times hold on to those medications because they realize the potential environmental problems that could come from flushing them down the toilet, or the danger in throwing them in the trash. This program will help to address those concerns.
Every year the MPD, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, participate in the National Take Back Initiative. This is an opportunity, twice a year, for residents of Maui to anonymously dispose of their prescription medications.
“Your Maui Police Department recently participated in the National Take Back Initiative. During that event 17 boxes weighing a total of 224 pounds of prescription medication was dropped off at the Wailuku station” said Chief Faaumu. “This is potential harm that was removed from the medicine cabinets of family homes and kept from unintended uses.”
The Medication Drop boxes will allow residents of Maui to anonymously dispose of those medications 365 days of the year. Increasing the opportunity to dispose of these substances creates convenience for those who have wanted to dispose of their medications but just couldn’t make it to the National Take Back Initiative events.
Drop Box Locations in Maui County:
- Wailuku Station at 55 Mahalani Street (placed within Receiving Desk Lobby)
- Lanai Station at 855 Fraser Avenue, Lanai City (placed within front lobby)
- Hana Station at 4611 Hana Highway, Hana (location to be finalized)
- Lahaina Station at 1850 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina (placed within front lobby)
- Molokai Station at 110 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai (location to be finalized)
- Kihei Station at 2201 Piilani Highway, Kihei (placed within front lobby)