The drug take back box at the Excelsior Springs Police Department was recently closed until further notice after some toxic substances were put into the box.
According to Excelsior Springs Police someone disposed of non-approved toxic substances in that box. Those substances included mercury, cyanide, and arsenic, and were in vintage glass bottles which had broken.
When an officer was conducting a routine emptying of the box Friday, October 20 they were exposed to the toxic substances. The officer that was exposed is reportedly doing well.
Due to the exposure to toxins, the drug take back box had to be closed for a proper cleaning. Excelsior Springs Police also say they will be reviewing their drop off procedures to ensure safety for everyone.
Until their drug take back box is reopened authorities suggest citizens use the take back boxes at the Lawson Police, Liberty Hospital, the KCPD’s Shoal Creek Division or North Patrol Division, or the Children’s Mercy North Campus.