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Goshen police install drug drop box in station lobby

Goshen Police District Chief Steve McDaniel, left, and desk officer Katie Osberg display the new drug disposal box in the station’s front lobby, part of a program in partnership with the Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation. People can drop off unwanted medications with no questions asked. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP–The Goshen Police District has extended its community policing with a drug disposal program now available.

The department installed the drop box this week in the front lobby to collect and safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications, keeping them out of the hands of individuals who might otherwise become victims of prescription drug abuse. The department partnered with David Katz of Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation to get the box for free after previous estimates indicated a cost of $1,500.

Police Chief Steve McDaniel said he hopes to eventually add a box for syringes.

Acceptable items include prescription medications including controlled substances, over-the-counter (OTC) and pet medications, samples, vitamins and liquids in creams in spill proof containers. Items that cannot be accepted include needles, thermometers, IV bags, bloody waste and hydrogen peroxide.

Anyone dropping off items should let desk officer Katie Osberg know they are dropping off the medications

“No questions asked, don’t get names,” McDaniel said.

Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone dropping off items after hours should call dispatch at 330-332-0547 Ext. 1 and ask for an officer to witness the drop off.

The box is in a secure environment within view of security cameras.

McDaniel said the program is a way to give back to the community while helping stem the opioid crisis.

“A lot of older people die and their family is left with their medications,” McDaniel said. “[Family members] can’t just dispose of the medications in a waste basket. If (the drop box) prevents just one person using drugs they find in a house, then it’s worth it. A lot of opioid overdoses are from medications found in the family home.”

To make donations in support of Save A Star’s Drug Disposal program or for more information visit SAVEASTAR.org or call 847-579-1300 Ext. 146. Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation is a registered 501c3 public charity.

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