Lt. Jeremy Weske opens a drug drop box in the lobby of the Juneau Police Department on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The drop box gives residents a safe place to disposed of their unused prescription narcotics. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Lt. Jeremy Weske opens a drug drop box in the lobby of the Juneau Police Department on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The drop box gives residents a safe place to disposed of their unused prescription narcotics. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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