Community Coalition Prescription Drop Box available at Vidor PD

Published 11:15 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2019

From staff reports


 Vidor Police Department is now affiliated with the Community Coalition Partnership. 

Community Coalition Partnerships is part of the Youth Continuum of Care Coalition and is a volunteer organization made up of youth, young adults, parents, business communities, media, schools, organizations that serve youth or young adults, law enforcement agencies, faith-based organizations, civic and volunteer groups, health care professionals, state and local and/or tribal government agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse and anyone interested in being involved in reducing substance abuse, according to its official website.

On Monday, Vidor Police Department dedicated it’s Prescription Drug Drop Box at the Vidor Police Department Lobby. 

As the number of Americans that die, due to their addiction to prescription pills continues to grow in this region and across the country, our goal is to remove their prescription drugs from the streets and medicine cabinets within our community, according to a press release for the event.

Prescription Drug Boxes allow adults to remove prescription substances from the home and legally and safely turn them over to law enforcement for proper chain of custody and court-ordered destruction. 

Law enforcement is the only entity legally able to accept these medications and process them properly so that they do not fall into the wrong hands. Law enforcement takes control of and destroys drugs on a regular basis as part of their regular operations.

Prescription drugs have become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have access to the residence. America’s 12 to 17 years of age have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is unwittingly coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends.