Buzz-Worthy Kids: New Drop Box for Old Meds

Natomas Girl Scout Lauren Nolan saw a problem in her community and came up with a long-term solution.

Natomas Girl Scout Lauren Nolan saw a problem in her community and came up with a long-term solution.

THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz

Anyone can dispose of unwanted and outdated medications when Natomas Pharmacy is open.

Anyone can dispose of unwanted and outdated medications when Natomas Pharmacy is open.

When Lauren Nolan found out there is nowhere to dispose of old medication safely in Natomas, she worried people may pollute waterways by flushing it or – even worse – leave it where kids and animals could access it.

Nolan found the nearest place for dumping unwanted medications was in Roseville and decided Natomas needed its own drop box at one of its local pharmacies.

Nolan first approached the pharmacy at a local grocery store, but her request was turned down. Undeterred, she reached out to pharmacist Harpreet Gill at Natomas Pharmacy and found a happy community partner.

Nolan and Gill worked together to obtain a drop box from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and had installed it at the Natomas Pharmacy.

The drop box is for anyone wishing to dispose of unwanted and outdated medications.

Nolan’s efforts were part of a Girl Scout project, earning her a Silver Award – the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Silver Awards show a Girl Scout is a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving her community.


The Natomas Pharmacy is located at 2087 Arena Boulevard in Suite #160 and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Lauren Nolan and Harpreet Gill teamed up to get a drop box installed at the Natomas Pharmacy.

Lauren Nolan and Harpreet Gill teamed up to get a drop box installed at the Natomas Pharmacy.