Millsboro seeking medication drop-off unit through CVS grant program

Millsboro is pursuing a grant through CVS Pharmacy for a drug drop-off unit to be located in the police station. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

MILLSBORO –— Millsboro, in collaboration with CVS Pharmacy, is looking to join the many municipalities across America in proper disposal of unwanted medications, including controlled substances.

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway at the April 1 meeting requested council’s permission to proceed in the CVS grant program for a prescription medication drop-off unit. Council unanimously approved the request.

“We do not have a CVS in town, but they have a grant opportunity for drug drop-off boxes,” Chief Calloway said.

CVS Pharmacy and The Partnership at several years ago teamed up to make drug collection units available to local law enforcement agencies.

The drop-off unit would be placed in a secure location in the police station, Chief Calloway said.

Drop-off units offer community members a safe way to dispose of unwanted medications, including prescriptions and controlled substances that could lead to addictions or contaminate water supplies.

Millsboro Police Department presently accepts medication drop-off, but this program would greatly reduce time and enhance efficiency.

“What we typically do now is each time somebody comes in and drops off prescription drugs we do one individual report — each time — which can be quite time-consuming,” Chief Calloway said. “This would allow this to be done once.”

After inventory is taken of medications dropped, the inventory is then taken away for proper disposal.

In addition to the drop-off box unit, the grant covers the box and shipping. “The only thing we would have to cover is installation,” said Chief Calloway.

Town eying Facebook

In other news, with Millsboro among a handful of downstate municipalities that currently do not have a town Facebook site, council is looking to join the social media circle as an informational source, not a chatroom site.

There would be internal control and oversight.

“I’m not into gossip,” said Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood. “If that’s what it turns out to be, I’m not into that. But I am into the information part of it.”

At present, the Millsboro Police Department and Millsboro Fire Company both have operational Facebook sites.

“We do have a social media policy,” said Chief Calloway.

Millsboro councilman Larry Gum works with the fire company’s Facebook site. “We don’t really respond that much unless there’s a specific question,” he said. “There is a checks and balances. I think we keep it under control.”

Bethel and Dewey Beach have no social media outlets at present.

Blades, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Laurel, Lewes, Milford, Ocean View and Seaford have both town and police department Facebook sites.

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