MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

August 19, 2013

Lock up your prescription drugs

Prescription drug abuse is a big problem in the United States.

One local organization is doing all it can to curb the problem here.

Neighbors Building Neighborhoods is offering free lock boxes to keep prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands.

The lock boxes work like little safes for your prescription drugs. The boxes require a code to be opened.

Neighbors Building Neighborhoods is hoping to give away 100 lock boxes in the next 60 days.

“We want to provide community members with a way to lock up their medications and keep them out of the hands of kids,” said Lindsey Roberts, the Regional Prevention Coordination Director at Neighbors Building Neighborhoods.

Roberts said anyone who wishes to receive a lock box can call the Nonprofit Resource Center at (918) 683-4600.

The lock boxes are a great idea.

They keep prescription drugs from little hands or someone with an addiction.

The Muskogee Community Anti-Drug Network has worked to put in two drug disposal points in Muskogee — one at the Sheriff’s Office and one at the Police Department.

Muskogee CAN, working with the Muskogee Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, has collected more than 100,000 pills in Muskogee in the last five years.

That’s good work.

You can do your part by keeping prescription drugs secure.

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