The South Hutchinson Police Department is taking one step further in decreasing opioid abuse in Reno County.
On the eve of its Drug Take Back Day, the department has unveiled its new DrugDrop Box. Residents may now take unused and unwanted drugs to the department,10 E. Blanchard, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We are excited to offer a year-round drop off for citizens and hope to make a greater impactin curbing prescription drug abuse in our community,” said MarkThompson, South Hutchinson Police Chief.
The department partnered with Reno County Communities That Care, which wrote a grant to provide funding to purchase the box. Communities that Care is an organization that promotes positive behaviors in youth and works to reduce underage drinking and drug use in Reno County.
“I was pleased to be approached by Director Sondra Borth about this opportunity to collaborate with Communities that Care on this project. The drug problem in Reno County is far too great for any one organization to fight on its own” Chief Thompson said.
The South Hutchinson Police Department will continue to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s bi-annual National Drug Take Back, where it has collected hundreds of pounds of medications. It is sponsoring the event from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 27.
Drugs accepted at the drop box and on National Drug Take Back include over-the-counter medications, pet medications and vitamins. They ask that you do not bring syringes, inhalers or oxygen containers.