Safeguard Your Prescription Drugs — Use Wharton County’s First Drug Drop Box!
On Friday, the Wharton Police Department and Tri-County Community Coalition partnered to install Wharton County’s first prescription drug drop box in the lobby of the Wharton Police Department. The Tri-County Community Coalition is a program of the Bay Area Council On Drugs and Alcohol, Inc. (BACODA)
All prescription pills and patches are accepted; no liquids or needles allowed. The service is provided to the community free of charge.
Why does Wharton County need a drug drop box? Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in America. Accidental poisonings due to drugs in Texas increased 130% from 2000 to 2012, according to statistics from the Department of State Health Services, and experts attribute much of that increase to rising prescription drug abuse. Easy access is a key contributing factor in prescription drug abuse. So many medicine cabinets are filled with expired and unused prescription drugs, and more than half of all teens who abuse prescription drugs report that they got the drugs from the family medicine cabinet.
Tri-County Community Coalition is working to prevent prescription drug abuse with a focus on decreasing access through safe disposal of unneeded medications. Wharton Police Department has partnered with the Coalition to bring a permanent Prescription Drug Drop Box available for year-round, safe disposal of medications.
The Drop Box is installed in the lobby of the Wharton Police Department and all types of pills are accepted – FREE and with no questions asked. Detective Donna Guanajuato states: “This Drop Box Program is a way for all of us to do our part in keeping these drugs and chemicals out of our water, out of our landfills, and out of the wrong hands for illegal use. It helps to protect our future.”
Earlier this year, five students from El Campo Middle School had to be airlifted to a hospital after they took prescription drugs that a student brought to school. Prevent this from happening with your children by talking to them about the dangers of prescription drugs and dropping off any unused prescription drugs at the Wharton Police Department’s drug drop box.