By Whitney Vickers
FAIRBORN – Officials of the Fairborn Police Department will take prescription drugs that residents no longer wish to dedicate space in their medicine cabinet to during the drug drop off this Saturday.
Fairborn Police Chief Terry Barlow said this event has taken place for years, and is held in an effort to reduce pollution.
“This started out with keeping the drugs out of the waterways,” he said. “Folks a lot of the times would flush their unused drugs down the drain or toilet, which directly flows into our streets, streams, creeks and rivers, so the pollution for the wildlife is a big part of it.”
Most medications are accepted, with an exception to liquids and syringes. The drug drop off begins 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Fairborn Police Department. The drop off is held in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, including the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Beavercreek Police Department and Sugarcreek Police Department, and is sponsored by the DA. The Fairborn Police Department offers a drug drop off box within its lobby, and residents are free to take their medications there at any point in time. Barlow feels that this Saturday’s drop off offers convenience for those not wishing to exit their vehicle. Citizens can also drop off medications at the community drug forum, which takes place 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 24 at Fairborn High School.
“It’s so you don’t have this medicine sitting around in your cabinets that kids or folks that want to use it illegally can get to,” Barlow said. “It’s a two-pronged approach.”