On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, including prescription and illicit drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Alabama’s Baldwin County Community Alliance (BCCA) has unveiled its newest tool to fight prescription drug abuse—an incinerator, which will be used to properly destroy prescription drugs collected from the nine permanent drug drop boxes located across Baldwin County.
The BCCA comprises multiple community agencies collaborating to decrease underage drinking and prescription drug misuse by Baldwin County youth. Hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs have been collected in the permanent prescription drug drop boxes before misuse could occur.
The incinerator was purchased via a grant through the Prevention Department of Alabama Department of Mental Health. The Daphne Police Department worked in unison with the BCCA to obtain and install the incinerator.
The BCCA operates under the AltaPointe Health umbrella. AltaPointe provides services to more than 34,000 children and adults each year across seven counties in Alabama.