Liz Marvin, left, and Cathy Putnam show off a new medication disposal dropbox at Carlson Drug in Umatilla.

Liz Marvin, left, and Cathy Putnam show off a new medication disposal dropbox at Carlson Drug in Umatilla.

Jade McDowell/The East Oregonian

Umatilla area residents will have a safer option for disposing of unused medications in 2017.

Carlson Drug, 821 Sixth Street, is adding a secure metal dropbox where people can get rid of unused or expired medications. The Umatilla Police Department procured the dropbox with grant funding from Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation.

The box will be available for use by the first of the year.

Cathy Putnam, owner of Carlson Drug, said people are always asking her how they can safely dispose of the rest of their prescription once they no longer need the drugs they were taking.

Read more at The East Oregonian.