A new green “lock box” at the Buffalo/Johnson County Criminal Justice Center will possibly encourage residents to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs in Buffalo.
The boxes allow people to easily and anonymously dispose of the medications, preventing them from being flushed or thrown away to contaminate groundwater or from falling into the hands of children or others and being abused.
Prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused drug behind alcohol and marijuana, according to a news release from Thom Gabrukiewicz, prevention professional for the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming in Johnson County, who said most prescription drugs used by youth in Wyoming come from the medicine cabinets of friends and family.
He explains how Buffalo came to get the box and what having it means to the community.
He went on to say keeping track of drugs, reducing the availability of drugs in the home, and getting rid of unneeded drugs are the best practices citizens can implement to fight prescription drug abuse.
Local law enforcement is also pleased with the addition.
Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek said: “The purpose of the lock box is to give people in Buffalo and Johnson County a place where they can take their unneeded prescription drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder added, “This is a significant addition to all our ongoing efforts to fight substance abuse.”
People can drop off their unused prescription medications at the new lock box located inside the Johnson County Justice Center at 639 Fort Street.
The lock box program is supported by a grant from the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police and the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming using funding provided by the Wyoming Department of Health.