Special bin for disposing of unwanted prescription and illegal drugs was jam-packed within weeks of being installed in Ballymena

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Picture – PSNI.

THIS picture shows the contents of a new bin which was put in place in Ballymena to allow safe and anonymous dumping of prescription and illegal drugs.

This is the first RAPID (Remove All Prescription and Illegal Drugs) bin to be installed in the area and is located in Tesco.

RAPID was initially piloted in 2010 and due to their success, are now installed throughout Northern Ireland. In that time, over 100,000 tablets have been deposited in Belfast RAPID bins alone.

Generally with RAPID, it has been found that ninety per cent of the drugs handed in are prescription or over the counter medicines but illegal drugs have also been deposited.

On Tuesday, the PSNI Ballymena Facebook page posted a picture of how much had been deposited in the bin since it started a month ago.

The social media post said: ‘The team emptied the RAPID (remove all prescription and illegal drugs) bin today up at Tesco.

‘This is what has been removed in 1 month. I think you will agree that this is a great success and and an awesome way to safely remove drugs from circulation. Thanks to everyone who has used the bin.’

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