Addiction Action Committee Combats Prescription Drug Abuse
WINCHESTER – The heroin epidemic in our region has claimed 25 lives this year. Local data shows more than 60 percent of those overdose victims had prior history of prescription drug abuse. The Addiction Action Committee recognized this growing trend and researched a way to provide a unit for citizens to get rid of unused prescription drugs at no cost, anytime of day or night, with no questions asked. The Winchester Police Department applied to receive a Drug Collection Unit through the CVS/pharmacy Medication Disposal for Safer Community Program and was awarded the grant. The Drug Collection Unit has been installed outside of the Timbrook Public Safety Center at 231 East Piccadilly Street and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.
We don’t want medications to end up in the wrong hands. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.
The new unit will also help prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.
The Timbrook Public Safety Center’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and medications can be dropped off with no questions asked. The unit is located to the left of the main entrance of the Timbrook Public Safety Center at the bottom of the stairs.