PORTER | The Porter Police station was one of 17 locations in Porter, Lake, and LaPorte Counties that served as a site for DEA Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, an event organized between the federal agency in conjunction with state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners.
At the Porter Police station, a secure blue metal bin served as a collection receptacle for unused and expired medication for safe disposal, a sign on the top read, “Got Drugs?” and announced the national event, although Porter Detective Jason Casbon said they provide a collection every day.
“We collect 365 days a year, 24 hours a day so that these prescription medications don’t end up flushed down a toilet or thrown in the garbage where they can enter the water supply. It's best to bring them here, no questions asked, so they can safely be disposed of,” said Casbon.
Even though the department provides year-round collection, Casbon says the national take-back initiative, which has collected more than two million pounds of prescription medications over five years of annual events, has been successful in Porter.
“I’ve heard the box pretty steady today. It’s true we’re here all of the time for people, but on days like this there’s more awareness so we’re more active,’ said Casbon.