Drug Take Back Initiative Helps Prevent Abuse

To avoid both drugs getting into the wrong hands and the substances contaminating the environment, the Wright Township Police Department is participating in the National Drug Take Back Initiative.

On Oct. 22, from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m., residents can dispose of any over-the-counter, controlled substance or prescription drugs at the police station. Participants are granted anonymity and no questions will be asked.

“A lot of people have prescription drugs,” related Wright Police Chief Royce Engler. “Maybe their parents passed away or grandparents and they have nowhere to get rid of the drugs.”

By creating a day where drugs can be dropped off at the station, the police are helping people safely dispose of unused or unneeded drugs. Discarding of such substances in the garbage or flushing them down the toilet, Engler said, “is not good for the environment whatsoever.”

He added that, by having these drugs around, it becomes a danger to children who may access them. Drugs accepted through the program include tablets, capsules, ointments, creams, and liquids. Medicines may remain in their original packaging and it is noted that sharpies or syringes will not be accepted, nor will illegal drugs.

“We’ve had a great success with this in years past,” Engler reported of the bi-annual event which has gone on in Wright Township for seven years. Usually, he said, eight or nine full boxes of drugs are collected.