Drug Take-Back Day Offers Answer To Important Question

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

When her mother-in-law passed away, Ginny Coffey was left with the task of figuring out what to do with the box of prescriptions left in her house.

She thought about flushing them down the drain but then decided against it.

"We have a well water and we have a septic system. I don't want it going in mine," she said. "If I lived elsewhere, why would I put it in the city system?"

Coffey said she likes the idea of Drug Take-Back Day.

"Let somebody else deal with it, correctly. Because I don't know how to deal with it correctly."

And there's the reason drug take back day exists. Because old prescriptions can be problematic in the wrong hands, especially those of children, Waynesboro police partnered with the SAW Coalition and the Staunton Rotary to offer an easy way to dispose of them.

"The drugs are collected and transported to the Drug Enforcement Administration where they're just incinerate," said Officer David Layman of the Waynesboro Police Department.

"It happens about every six months and today's traffic is a lot more than the last time I was here. And they're coming with bigger numbers. I mean trash bags full," said Keri Jones with the SAW Coalition.

Ginny Coffey didn't show up with a trash bag full. Just a small box with some pills and prescription creams.

A small box of potential problems she said she no longer has to worry about.

"We knew we didn't want to put them in the trash but what do you do with them? They're just sitting on the kitchen counter at this point in time. So, they're gone. Which is good."

At past drug take back days, Waynesboro Police said they collected several hundred pounds of old drugs from people.

They expected to get more than ever before Saturday.

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