Prescription Drug Drop Box Program
Prescription drugs that are no longer needed or expired can be a danger to your household. We also don't want them to get into our landfills or water. That's why we offer a free prescription drug drop-off box. The drop-box is a secure system that allows people to discreetly drop off unneeded medications. All medications go into a secure closet in the police department with restricted access. The medications are then shipped to the Drug Enforcement Administration and destroyed. The drop-box is located by the main entrance to the Kronenwetter Municipal Center, near the bottom of the US flag pole.
- Bring your prescription meds in their orginal container and then transfer into a plastic baggie before depositing into the drop box. We do not need the containers. If you do not have baggies, you can leave in the pill bottle.
- Creams and liquids are allowed if in original container.
- No sharps, inhalers, IV bags or nuclear medicines.
Free at Home Drug Test Kits Available
Think your teen may be “experimenting” with drugs, alcohol or tobacco? It’s best to solve problems before they occur or get much worse. Unfortunately, “friends” often try harder to make kids who say “no” to drugs, alcohol and tobacco feel like outcasts. Home testing kits have emerged that protect privacy and provide kids with a socially acceptable excuse,“My parents test me." For years, police have been the first to know when local kids used drugs while their parents were often the last to know. Now there is a way to reverse that trend!
Kronenwetter Police Department recently announced a new alliance with TestMyTeen.com, an organization that has donated free home drug test kit vouchers to be shared anonymously with parents who need them. Check out the Test My Teen YouTube Channel for videos about their product, how to use it, information on how to approach this with your child and more.
To receive your FREE 10-drug at home drug kit, click on the below link. Be sure to pay attention when checking out as you will need to enter the eVoucher donation code that is on the right side of the screen. The testing kit is free, but there is a shipping/handling charge.
Of course, it is always best to sit down and talk to your kids about drugs and their dangers and make them aware of this type of program.
Fast Facts About Drugs
We know there are a lot of parents out there that don't know about the dangers/types of different drugs and their associated paraphernalia. So we have added the below information to help you in combating drugs in your home. The fast facts brochures are from the United States Department of Justice - National Drug Intelligence Center.
|DRUG TYPE / PHOTO||FAST FACTS ABOUT|
|Marijuana||Fast Facts About Marijuana|
|Heroin||Fast Facts About Heroin|
|Powder Cocaine||Fast Facts About Powder Cocaine|
|Crack Cocaine||Fast Facts About Crack Cocaine|
|Methamphetamine||Fast Facts About Meth|
|Methamphetamine, Crystal||Fast Facts About Crystal Meth|
|MDMA (Ecstasy)||Fast Facts About Ecstasy|
|Inhalants||Fast Facts About Inhalants|
|Synthetic Cannabinoids||Facts About Synthetic Cannabinoids|
|Other Hallucinogenic / Stimulants||Facts about Other Hallucinogenic / Stimulants|
Heroin is not a new drug by any means; in fact the drug has been around for more than 100 years. However it has become a new epidemic in our communities in about the last decade. People were already misusing and addicted to prescription narcotics / pain-killers. These drugs have become harder to get, are more controlled and new manufacturing methods that make the drugs slower releasing make them less appealing to drug abusers. Those people were looking for something to replace that effect and found it in Heroin. The drug has since spread like a wild fire from large urban cities into the suburbs and beyond.
The largest manufacturer of Heroin is Afghanistan, but most of the product seen here in the United States comes from South America. Distributors cut the drug with various products which themselves can be dangerous to the body.
The drug is being abused by people of all age ranges but the largest effect we are seeing is on our high school youth and young adults. Parents who have concerns about drug abuse should be very watchful for spoons with burn marks or dark residue, cotton swabs, needles, bindles or small cuts of plastic baggies and more.
We as a police department will continue to work strong in our fight against heroin through interdiction efforts, field interview stops, K-9 unit deployments, school searches and more. We also work closely with the Marathon County Special Investigations Unit in combating drug distribution and with the Marathon County District Attorney's Office in prosecuting those responsible for distributing the dangerous substance. In August 2011, the Kronenwetter Police investigated the death of 26-year-old Justin Selves after a heroin overdose. Working closely with the above agencies, a heroin distribution ring was closed in the City of Wausau and the dealers responsible were charged with reckless homicide charges.
But we need your assistance in these efforts by reporting drug related activity to us and there are multiple options:
- Citizens Against Drug Dealers: Report drug activity online, confidentially.
- Marathon County Crime Stoppers: Online, phone or text reporting. Confidential and eligible for reward.
- Kronenwetter Safety Concern Form: Online crime reporting directly to Kronenwetter PD
- Quick $50: A program designed to allow students to make $50 for tips about weapons, drugs and alcohol.
Video About Heroin Dangers & Abuse