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Published Sat, Feb 09, 2013 08:00 PM
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Editorial: A simple, but effective, public service

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Sometimes the smallest of actions can have the biggest of impacts.

Clayton police installed a pill box at the police station and without a lot of fanfare, offered residents a safe, nearly labor-free option for disposing of unwanted medicines.

The pillbox is available to residents on a no-questions-asked basis. No one’s going to inspect the medicines you toss. No one’s going to question why you have a certain pill.

The service gives people an alternative to flushing pills down the toilet where they enter the public sewer system and require treatment by the city’s wastewater treatment facility.

That lessens the likelihood that water someone drinks will have been contanimated by your medicine.

And, of course, no matter how one gets rid of the pills, it’s always the right move to dispose of old medicine and pills that are no longer needed to treat the malady they were purchased for.

It’s not rocket science to figure out that, put in the wrong hands, or the wrong mouth those old, unneeded pills could do much more harm that good.

In the big picture, the police department’s action should be a reminder to all of us that simple solutions can often solve potentially big problems. The right answer isn’t always the most complex one. Sometimes it’s a simple as putting a box out on a table.

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