CONWAY P.D. BEGINS DRUG TAKE BACK

by Christian Mower on July 24, 2013

CONWAY POLICE CHIEF ED WAGNER SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT IS STARTING A COMPREHENSIVE DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM TO HELP REDUCE THE AVAILABILITY OF UNUSED OR EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

HIS DEPARTMENT NOW HAS A DRUG DROP BOX AVAILABLE AROUND THE CLOCK IN THE LOBBY OF THE POLICE STATION THAT WILL TAKE UNUSED OR EXPIRED NARCOTICS AND PHARMACEUTICALS.

THE BOX IS SECURED AND CONSTANTLY MONITORED. WAGNER SAYS ALL UNUSED OR EXPIRED DRUGS CAN BE DROPPED OFF IN THE BOX, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

THE DISPOSED ITEMS WILL BE DESTROYED IN A SAFE AND SECURE MANNER USING THE DEPARTMENT’S OWN PORTABLE DRUG INCINERATOR. WAGNER SAYS IT MEETS ALL STATE AND FEDERAL RULES FOR DESTRUCTION.

HYPODERMIC NEEDLES AND LIQUIDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND ALL PLASTIC WRAPPINGS SHOULD BE REMOVED BEFORE ITEMS ARE PLACED IN THE BOX. IN ADDITION, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM ANY CONTAINER WITH THE PATIENT’S NAME OR IDENTIFICATION AND PLACED IN A SMALL PAPER BAG OR ENVELOPE. ENVELOPES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE POLICE STATION.

WAGNER SAYS THOUSANDS OF UNUSED AND POTENTIALLY LETHAL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE ACCIDENTALLY INGESTED BY CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS EVERY YEAR – OR DIVERTED FOR ILLICIT USE. HE SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT’S 24-HOUR DROP BOX WILL COMPLEMENT THE NATIONAL TAKE BACK PROGRAM PUT IN PLACE THREE YEARS AGO BY THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY THAT HAS RESULTED IN TONS OF DANGEROUS DRUGS BEING SAFELY DESTROYED.

ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM CAN CALL CONWAY POLICE AT (603) 356-5715.

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