Girl Scouts Volunteer at National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Danville, VA-- Saturday was National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It was the fifth year the Drug Enforcement Administration put on the event.

Police departments all over the country set up their stations and collected prescription drugs for proper disposal.

The Danville Police Department and Sheriff's Office set up their station in the Coleman Marketplace Shopping Center. This year they had some special volunteers helping them out.

"I didn't know that many people would drop off that much stuff, this is amazing how much of a turn out we got with all of this," Danville Girl Scout Mae Gayle Dalton said.

Dalton helped out with the Drug Take-Back Day to earn a community service project badge, but that's not the only reason.

When she and her fellow Girl Scouts found out the Regional Alliance For Substance Abuse Prevention was going to be at the event, they jumped at the opportunity to serve with them.

"Volunteering for RASAP trying to get people, if you are doing drugs to quit it and to just stop drugs period," Danville Girl Scout Ambria Morton said.

"We are pre teens and teens so we really feel this close to us, so we feel that this is close to us about not getting involved with it and doing it," Dalton said.

Along with collecting prescription drugs, the girls also handed out information about substance abuse. Because of high substance abuse rates with teens, RASAP was happy to have the Girl Scouts volunteer.

"We want to prevent any youth and adults from using drugs and we want to make sure they have the knowledge of what drugs do to you and how harmful they can be for you," Director of Danville Parks and Rec. Brian Price said.

"Drug abuse, substance abuse, things that teens are doing a lot and we just want to help end it," Dalton said.

The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back day will be next April. If you have drugs to dispose of before then, Danville Police say you should put your drugs in a sealed container with either used cat litter or coffee grounds. They say this will make the pills degrade faster.