COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - As the opioid epidemic continues to grow across the country, community leaders in the Brazos Valley are being proactive.
On Thursday morning, representatives from BVCASA, the Community Alcohol & Substance Awareness Partnership and the College Station Fire Department officially unveiled the newest drug drop off box. It is located inside the city administration building located at 300 Krenek Tap Road.
The box gives residents a safe place to dispose of unwanted and potentially dangerous drugs that have either expired or are no longer needed.
"It's going to help us protect children and adults from improper or misuse of other peoples medicine and its going to keep the medicine out of the landfills as well," said College Station Fire Chief Jonathan McMahan. "We see that as value added to the community and keeping the community safe. It is a nationwide issue and we're just looking for proactive ways to keep it from happening here."
This is the third box of its kind to be implemented across the Brazos Valley. There are also ones in Hearne and at the Brazos Valley Sheriff's Office.
If you would like to know more about the CASAP Coalition, call BVCASA at (979) 846-3560 or send e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.