Fairfield Police Department has a prescription-drug lock box in its main lobby. Why is this a big deal? It's important because people in Fairfield and all over the U.S. are getting addicted to prescription drugs (including painkillers such as Oxycontin and other drugs such as anti-anxiety drug Xanax) that are prescribed to them or that they take for "fun." Not everyone who takes prescription drugs gets addicted to them, but some people do. That is why it is important that when you or someone in your house is done with their prescription drugs, they go and dispose of them properly in the lobby of the Fairfield Police Department in the prescription drug drop box there.

I personally know of formerly responsible adults who had good jobs and families who have lost both their jobs and their families to their addictions. It is common for someone who gets addicted to prescription drugs to then turn to street drugs such as heroin and crack, which are less expensive and easier to get then prescription drugs. Sadly, I just heard this week about a young adult who was arrested on addiction-related crimes. There is a lot we need to do to prevent drug addiction, but one of the easiest things we can do is to properly dispose of any prescription drugs that are not needed by putting them in the drop box in the lobby of the Fairfield Police Department. Please do this one small thing for the good of our society and everyone in your house.

Michelle Walker

Fairfield Cares Community Coalition