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LBHS Student Club Pushing for More Drug Drop Boxes

The Laguna Beach High School Prescription Drug Awareness Club wants anonymous drug drop boxes to be installed in every Orange County city.

Prescription Drop-Off Box at Laguna Beach Police Department (Photo credit Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime)
Prescription Drop-Off Box at Laguna Beach Police Department (Photo credit Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime)
A prescription drug drop box in Laguna Beach has been making positive strides in the city, and resulted in a high school club working to get more boxes installed county-wide.

The Laguna Beach High School Prescription Drug Awareness Club, along with the help of Laguna Beach police Detective Larry Bammer, were the driving force behind the prescription drug drop box located outside the Laguna Beach Police Department, and over the last few months the box has proven to be doing its job.

"In just the past three months, over 150 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected in the drop box located outside of the police department," Garrett Burk, a club member and LBHS senior, told the City Council at its Tuesday meeting.

After gaining approval from the City Council in March, the drug drop box was installed in Laguna Beach in April. Burk, a LBHS baseball player, said the club is now working on expanding its efforts.

"We are trying to get a permanent drop box in every city in Orange County," Burk said. "It has had such an impact here in Laguna Beach, and I am sure it can help elsewhere."

The Laguna Beach High School Prescription Drug Awareness Club is currently working with Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to get the drug drop boxes installed across Orange County cities. 

The drug drop box is located to the left of the entrance to the Laguna Beach Police Department. Prescription drugs can be dropped off anonymously at any time of the day.

The club's efforts with getting prescription drugs off the streets recently resulted in Burk receiving the 2013 MLB Commissioner’s Play Healthy Award at a ceremony in New York City.

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