Medication disposal bins will be on hand at the WC Community event
Each year the White Cloud Police Department host a Community & Kids Picnic. This year it will be held on Tuesday August 15th from 5-7pm. at the White Cloud Rotary Park (formerly Raceway Park) with free food, games and giveaways for families.
“We have had very generous donations from local businesses allowing us to purchase a number of prizes and giveaways for the event this year,” aid WC Police Chief Dan Evans.
Police Officers, Deputies, K-9 handlers, Firefighters, ERT (swat) Team members, other public safety personnel and their vehicles with equipment will be on hand for our community to meet and greet and the fine folks from Rockin Newaygo County who have captured the citizenry with their initiative will be hosting rock painting and there will also be face painting, water balloon competition , and music for attendees to enjoy.
This year Headway the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for Newaygo County will be on hand to collect unused and expired medications and needles as part of the ongoing action Headway has undertaken to reduce the availabilty of prescription drugs.
“Headway is excited to partner with the White Cloud Police Department to allow community members to get rid of unused and/or expired medications,” said Kaleigh Buris Coordinator of Health and Prevention Services for NCRESA. “Our goal is to keep youth safe and this is just one way we get the opportunity to do that.”
The initiative undertaken four years ago has collected an amount of medications equal to the weight of a Toyota Prius according to Ms. Buris.
“Data shows that nearly half of the time that youth abuse prescription drugs, they are accessing it from their parents’ and grandparents’ medicine cabinets,” adds Rachel Uganski Project Coordinator for Drug-Free Communities for NCRESA. “ Help keep Newaygo County youth safe by properly disposing of your unused and/or expired medications.”