OLYMPIA – Are expired or unused prescription drugs sitting on your shelves? On Saturday, law enforcement agencies across Washington and nationwide are offering a safe way for people to turn in medications on National Drug Take Back Day.
Something unique about this Saturday’s event in Thurston County is that a young Boy Scout, Spencer Stepp, is helping the sheriff’s office get the word out. It's part of his Eagle Scout project, which is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.
He and fellow troop members will also help the deputies on Saturday and raise awareness about drug abuse. This mission is very personal for Spencer. The 17-year-old lost a close friend and relative in accidental prescription drug overdoses.
"It’s really surprising just how much prescription drugs are out there. It is pretty common. I know at school I hear about people talking about prescription drugs,” said Stepp.
"For these young kids to work toward that Eagle Scout is really a feat. It’s an amazing thing. It’s great they're able help out their communities,” said Sgt. Ray Brady with Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Unused and expired prescription medication can be dropped off at police and sheriff’s department’s collection site from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Saturday. Spencer will be helping at ROOF Community Resource Center which is located at the corner of SR 12 and Bend St SW in Rochester, Washington.