WPPD host drug take-back day

Josh Presley
News Reporter

The West Point Police Department will participate in a national prescription drug take-back event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The national drug take-back day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and is a way for citizens to discard outdated or unwanted prescription medication.
According to a statement released to media, the DEA has hosted nine take-back days over the past four years and taken in 390 tons of pills.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said WPPD took part in each take-back day the DEA hosted.
"It's not good to flush pills down the toilet or put them in the trash," Brinkley said in a previous interview. "There's too much of a chance for a child or an irresponsible adult to get a hold of them that way."
WPPD Juvenile Officer Zate McGee said there will be a collection box in the front lobby of the police department on East Westbrook Street. An officer will be on hand to help participants and keep watch on the drop box.
"Citizens can bring their stuff in, no questions asked," McGee said. "People don't have to wait for the actual day, as they can bring their unwanted medications to WPPD any time, day or night, leading up to Sept. 26."