The Naperville Fire Department recently unveiled a plan to fight prescription drug abuse in our community. The Prescription Drug Drop Off Box Program was kicked off with a public ceremony at Firehouse Seven, on Aurora Avenue.
All of the city’s ten fire stations are now equipped with a secure drop box so residents can dispose of their unused meds safely around the clock.
Many experts say that prescription drug abuse is often a gateway to heroin addiction.
“The main goal is to get these off the streets and to get them out of the home,” said Naperville’s Fire Chief, Mark Puknaitis. “We don’t want these in our water system, it has a major impact on our water system. They don’t have the chance to get diluted. And we don’t want them in the trash. We don’t want them in the hands of a person who can misuse them, is the main reason.”
Currently the fire department collects the prescriptions but only at certain locations at certain times. Now, it is available 24/7.
The police department also has a similar collection program for unwanted prescription drugs. That box is located in the lobby of the police station and is available during normal business hours.
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