Organizers of Butler’s Neighborhood Drug Watch continue to fight what has been called a drug ‘epidemic’ in our area by working with law enforcement, learning about recovery options, and educating on addiction itself.
Co-founder of the group, and former city councilwoman, Kathy Kline reminds city resident that it’s important to properly dispose of unused prescriptions. There are drop boxes at several police stations throughout the county, or you can mail them away.
“Whether you need to mail it or whether you can get to one of those drop-box locations, the point is there’s an avenue for you to get rid of them,” Kline said. “They don’t need to be sitting around in your medicine cabinet.”
Officials say the drug problem can’t improve if people don’t move on. There is a direct link to the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehab on Butler’s Neighborhood Drug Watch website to help people find employment.
“You can’t put them back into exactly the same scenario that they walked out of. They have to be reentered in ways where there have been some changes made. And, employers are also able to be educated,” Co-founder Gail Carpenter said.
The group will next meet at the end of the month, on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. in the Butler City Public Safety Building. And then in September, the group will host retired Pittsburgh Penguins player Kevin Stevens, who will speak about his personal experience dealing with addiction.