The PMO has partnered with the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP) to ensure that every county in the state has at least one permanent drop box installed and available for the public’s disposal of unused and unwanted medication.
Since the drop boxes have been installed, hundred of pounds of medication have been disposed and ultimately destroyed, thus removing them from homes and communities.
Drop boxes allow people to easily and anonymously dispose of unused prescription medications.
Prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused category of drugs, behind alcohol and marijuana – and just ahead of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines.
Local Drop Boxes
The purpose of the drop box is to give people in Sweetwater County a place where they can take their unneeded prescription drugs and other items. These boxes are a significant addition to ongoing efforts to fight substance abuse across the county – and in all of Wyoming.
Sweetwater County residents can help stop prescription medication abuse by disposing of their unused or out-of-date medications to one of two secure “drop box” locations within the county.
People can, anonymously, take their unused prescription medications to the following locations:
- Rock Springs Police Department – 221 C Street
- Green River Police Department – 375 West Flaming Gorge Way
Items that can be dropped off securely include:
- Controlled substances (medications for pain, sleep disorders, anxiety and ADHD);
- Expired medications;
- Refrigerated medications;
- Open packages;
- Veterinarian-prescribed medications;
- Unsealed, over-the-county medications
- Medical patches or creams
Drugs From Home
A lot of people may not realize that most illegally sold prescription drugs come from home medicine cabinets. An important action that citizens can take to help prevent prescription drug abuse is to monitor their drugs carefully, and to get rid of old and unneeded drugs.
Most prescription drugs used by youth across Wyoming come from the medicine cabinets of friends and family,”
– Chelsea French, PMO
“It’s unbelievable the ways people have found to steal drugs from homes – from taking drugs when realtors have open houses to stealing from homes while family members are away at a funeral,” said Chelsea French, Community Prevention Professional for the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming in Sweetwater County.
Keeping track of drugs, reducing the availability of drugs in the home, and getting rid of unneeded drugs are best practices that people can implement to fight prescription drug abuse,”said French.
For more information, please contact:
Community Prevention Specialist
Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming
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