Police Department to get drug incinerator from health department

Friday, August 8, 2014 | 6:29 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Terminator is coming to Columbia. No, Arnold Schwarzenegger won't be involved.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services bought an incinerator, called the "Drug Terminator," for the disposal of illicit drugs, according to a news release.

The purchase was made with extra funds left over from the 2012 Public Health and Human Services Department budget. It cost $4,601 from FC Industries, said Andrea Waner, public information officer for the health department .

The "Drug Terminator" will work with the Medication Drop Box program, which provides a way for residents to properly dispose of unused medication to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs, the release said.

Waner said Columbia Police will transfer the contents of the drop box into the incinerator. Items that aren't accepted in the drop box include thermometers, blood or infectious waste, medication from businesses or clinics, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and inhalers.

The city's new tool will also allow residents to dispose of unused medication in an environmentally-friendly way, according to the news release. The incinerator is intended to keep the water supply safe by encouraging the public to not flush unused medication down drains or throwing it in the trash, said Connie Kacprowicz, Columbia Water and Light communications and marketing supervisor.

"There is an added environmental benefit of the medications not eventually ending up in our streams and rivers," Kacprowicz said. "This project will keep our community and environment safe."

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.

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