Newport Police wants everyone to know that the fight against illicit drugs, including misused pharmaceuticals, is a community-wide effort. It’s not just up to law enforcement. We all play a role.
And one way we can help is to ensure that any prescription drugs around the house or business, that are surplus or not being used, should immediately be taken to a drop-box like the one pictured here at the Newport Police Department end of City Hall. Other drop boxes have also been placed at police departments in Toledo and Lincoln City.
Newport Police Lt. Dave Teem says since placing a drop box at Newport City Hall back in January, they have received over 175 POUNDS of pharmaceuticals. He says a lot of them are controlled substances which are the favorite targets of many young people looking for a “cheap or free high.”
National advertising campaigns have shown that young teens looking for drugs can easily find them in medicine cabinets in their parents’ bathrooms or kitchen cabinets. Drugs they don’t take themselves can be sold for spending money or saved up for illicit “drug parties” with their friends. But by taking surplus or outdated prescription drugs to drop boxes like this one at Newport City Hall, it can help take a lot of drugs off the streets. All you do is walk up, drop them in, and leave. You don’t have to talk to anyone or sign any papers.
Lt. Teem said the drop boxes should be the primary method of disposal. He said flushing them down the toilet sends them to the city sewer plant where they are NOT broken down and so they wind up going into our rivers and along our beaches with bad effects on fish and other wildlife. He said only law enforcement personnel are authorized to dispose of pharmaceuticals at a licensed disposal facility.
The drug disposal boxes are accessible during normal business hours, 8-5 Monday through Friday at all three locations in Lincoln County.
Lt. Teem wanted to thank the Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Addiction Prevention and Recovery Committee for their assistance in placing the drop box at Newport City Hall.