“It’s worth every minute if we can save some kid’s life,” Weaver said. “As a director and as an agency, we have this heartbeat that if we save one life, it’s worth it.”
Weaver also said when you look at drug overdose deaths, statistics show 80 percent of those are caused by prescription drugs.
However, for the first time in the history of the state, there was a small decrease two years ago in prescription drug overdose deaths.
“It was very slight, but that’s the trend we want to see. We want it to go the other way,” he said.
The program doesn’t put a burden on the law enforcement agencies housing drop boxes. Weaver said it is a turnkey operation. The program is a national model, so the agency will only place the drop boxes in secure areas.
“I’d just like to say I’m very excited,” Noble City Manager Bob Wade said. “We’ve been, for over a year, aware we needed to take another step on prescription drugs.”
Over the past few years, the city has been working on tackling problems with alcohol and illegal drugs in the community, as well as focusing on a healthier community overall, he said.
“We want our people to know we’re doing everything we can do to keep their children, their families and them safe,” Wade said.
Weaver said having that vision of a healthier community and pursuing that goal is a good thing.
“We can put a Band-Aid over the problem or we can say, ‘You know what? What about the social ills of society? What about our health problems? What about those types of things?’ And that’s how you really facilitate long-term change,” Weaver said.
Noble Chief of Police Keith Springstead said they are always looking for ways they can better serve residents.