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Drop boxes help in fight on drugs

September 20, 2012
The Herald-Star

Most of us can probably find at least one bottle with unused prescription medication in our homes these days.

Whether they are pills we simply no longer needed, decided to stop taking or perhaps once belonged to a loved one, we often have these leftover pharmaceuticals set aside somewhere around our homes, and we're not always certain what to do to dispose of them.

Unfortunately, these days there are those who know of this habit and decide to try to get their hands on these drugs for illegal purposes.

In an effort to stop this, Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention has been working in the last few years to provide drop boxes in our local communities to give residents an opportunity to get rid of their old, unused prescriptions and not have to worry about them falling into the wrong hands.

The latest of these boxes is now located at the Weirton Police Department, and we encourage area residents to make use of it.

All it takes is a visit to the police department between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the week, and a representative of the department will accept the drugs and deposit them in the box for collection.

You don't have to provide them with any information.

Other drop boxes are located in the Hancock and Brooke county courthouses, as well as the police departments in Follansbee and Chester.

According to ASAP representatives, the drop boxes throughout our two counties have had a great response from our communities, and we are sure this latest one will be no different.

The boxes are safe and sturdy, making it difficult, if not impossible, for people to get into them and reach their contents.

There are many drug-related problems in our area, and this is just one more way people are standing up to fight back.

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