Three area Martin’s Supermarkets pharmacies introduced permanent pill dropboxes for disposal of prescription medications.
The drop boxes, which look similar to mailboxes, are the latest effort of the 525 Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription pill addiction.
Co-founder, Becky Savage says placing the boxes inside the supermarkets makes disposing of prescription medication safe and convenient.
“What better place than a grocery store,” Savage said, “Some place that you frequent often.”
Savage says Martin’s officials were responsive to the idea and supportive.
“Maybe it becomes a routine, when you're going to the grocery store to get milk, bread things that you normally get, maybe you’ll bring your prescription bottles and then get rid of them properly,” Savage said.
Savage says the Foundation estimates that during four pill drop events around St. Joseph County, they’ve collected thousands of pounds of pills.
Representatives from the offices of Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly were present at the event, as well as representatives from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
“It’s just a good thing that our community has the support that it does,” Savage said.
The permanent pill dropboxes can be found inside Martin’s in South Bend at Erskine Plaza and South Mayflower Road, as well as in Granger at Heritage Square.