Prevention

You too can #StopDrugAbuse In Fond du Lac county

City of Ripon and City of Waupun Police are asking residents to zip through their medicine cabinets and zip down to their local drug drop box and empty pill bottles into a zip-lock bag and deposit the drugs for disposal on or before September 30, 2015.

Fond du Lac County residents in general, and Ripon and Waupun residents in particular, are fortunate to have a way to properly dispose of medications. The City of Ripon has a permanent drug 24/7 365 drug drop box; check the Waupun Police Department website for hours of operation. A box is located at the City of Ripon Police Department, 100 East Jackson Street, Ripon as well as 16 E. Main Street, Waupun. These boxes are available to all city and county residents to bring their old, expired or no longer needed prescription medications for disposal year round. Since opening the first drug drop box in the State of Wisconsin at the City of Fond du Lac Police Department the county has collected more than 10 million pills from all six sites.

A drug drop off program like this helps dispose of drugs that are no longer needed in a safe way, preventing accidental overuse or abuse. This is a great convenience for the people of Fond du Lac County as they don’t have to wait for a yearly collection to drop off their medications,” Chief Lukoski, Ripon Police Department stated.

Each of us can make a difference by taking responsibility for monitoring our medicine cabinets, taking medication as prescribed and using the Drug Drop box for safe disposal, commented Chief Heeringa, Waupun Police Department.

For more information on what you can do to reduce underage drinking or prescription drug misuse, visit the Drug Free Communities website at www.drugfreefdl.com, call 920-906-6700 ext 4704, or find us on facebook.

Drug/substance use prevention is a process that aims to prevent the onset of drug/substance use. Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County works toward "environmental prevention" focusing on changing community conditions or policies that decrease the availability, attractiveness and acceptance of substance abuse as well as reducing the demand.