Monday, December 6, 2021 11:02 PM
In the photo (left to right), Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Shane Bucher; Becky Savage, 525 Foundation; and Kosciusko County Sheriff, Kyle Dukes. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union.
People wishing to drop off expired or unwanted prescription drugs at the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office will be able to drop them off in a new Drop 2 Stop box inside the Sheriff’s Office instead of the 15-year-old drug box in the parking lot .
The Drop 2 Stop box is the first in Kosciusko County, Becky Savage, 525 Foundation, said at the box’s dedication on Monday.
Drop 2 Stop includes specially designed secure boxes that allow people to properly dispose of expired or unnecessary medications at all times.
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Shane Bucher said seven police departments in the county have their own boxes, including Mentone, Claypool, Milford, Silver Lake, Syracuse and Winona Lake.
KCSO has partnered with the 525 Foundation to release the Drop 2 Stop box has been phenomenal, Dukes said.
Every week when the previous medicine box in the parking lot is full, it is cleaned, Dukes said. The old medicine box will be removed.
“We are working with the Marshal of the Town of Claypool, Chief (Ben) Sanders. And then he goes around and picks up all the prescription drugs and disposes of them properly. But we are talking about important books every week here in Kosciusko County, ”Dukes said.
Bucher said about 1,600 pounds of prescription drugs had been collected across the county in 2021 and about 1,000 pounds had been deposited with the KCSO.
Savage said the foundation’s mission is to spread prevention through awareness and education. One of the foundation’s programs is the Drop 2 Stop program, which places drop boxes in grocery stores, law enforcement areas and hospitals to encourage the public to safely dispose of their items. unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs.
“We’ve had a lot of success and a lot of the community is hearing about these boxes that are really starting to fill up,” Savage said.
Savage said there is still a need for the Drop 2 Stop boxes because there are a lot of prescriptions.
“We are not against prescription drugs. We want people to be responsible for their medications. We want people to properly store their medications. And we want them to get rid of it properly when they’re done with it, ”Savage said.
The latest research shows that in the past 12 months 100,000 people have died from an overdose.
Savage said 525 wanted the boxes to be placed in a convenient location.
“Anytime you can walk into a place, no questions asked, and just drop off your unused meds, that’s great. People will start to make it a habit. We want them to be visible where people can. seeing them, whether it’s in a grocery store, at the police station or in your local hospital, where they’re constantly a visible reminder that you should come home and clean your medicine cabinets, ”Savage said.
Dukes said KCSO wanted to make filing prescription drugs easier for people and for drugs to be properly disposed of. He said putting a new box in the sheriff’s office is also a safe place.
Overdose calls are “a frightening thing that continues to happen here in Kosciusko County, they are extremely sad,” Dukes said. The Drop 2 Stop box is one way to stop overdoses.
Savage lost two sons, Nick Savage, 19, and Jack, 18, on June 14, 2015. They attended high school graduation parties and died of an acute overdose of alcohol and oxycodone. , according to the foundation’s website.
“As a result, we choose to honor our sons, Nick and Jack, with the creation of the 525 Foundation – their hockey numbers were 5 and 25. Our goal is to prevent another family from having to endure the pain. of such a tragedy. through awareness, education and support, ”she said.
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