MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Adolescent prescription drug use is high in Lauderdale County, according to Weems Life Care Director Mary Lyons.
Monday, local leaders unveiled a medication drop box they hope will help lower the number of users.
"We know that prescription drug abuse starts at a very young age. It starts in the household," said Lyons. "It's very important for you to go look in the medicine cabinets, clean out your unwanted, unused, expired medication."
Lieutenant Rita jack said the box is available for drop offs any day at any time.
"We ask that you remove your prescription labels from your medicine bottles," said Jack. "We don't need to know who you are; we don't need to know what kind of drugs those are."
In recognition of Drug Take Back Day, people who bring unneeded medicine Friday Oct. 25 can receive a drug lock box, designed to keep needed medicine safe from being used by others in the household.
"The way to stop prescription drug addiction is to stop children having access to these before they use," said Lyons.
Lt. Jack says people can even drop off vaping pens with the battery removed and e-cigarettes due to widespread vaping-related illnesses and deaths reported in states across the U.S.
The box is located at The Meridian Police Department.
Pills, patches, vitamins and ointments are welcome at the drop box. No needles, liquid, inhalers, aerosols or thermometers are allowed.