ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - It's been long awaited by many in Angelina County, but residents now have access to properly dispose of unwanted medications. On Monday, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office along with Angelina Coalition unveiled a drop box in its front lobby.
Almost two months ago, Saad Nazeer a high school student started working on ideas for his Eagle Scout project.
"I decided to start with my passion, and I really want to be a doctor when I grow up, so I thought that maybe I can start by helping our community with a problem related to that," Nazeer said.
He found patients lacked proper access to dump unused prescription drugs. Aside from a drop box in Nacogdoches, Nazeer said the closest dump site is 80 miles away. As a result, Nazeer started raising money and partnering with places to setup the drop box. But it wasn't so easy.
"We first thought of many places for it to be, but then we met up with the department here at the Sheriff's office, and they liked the idea," Nazeer said.
He started raising money for the project. Through a GoFundMe account, he raised close to $400 with the drop box costing $695.
Sheriff Greg Sanches said the partnership of having the drop box in the lobby will provide a safe way to keep prescription drugs from being dumped in sewer systems.
"A lot of people want to flush it down a commode or something at their home, and the problem with that is it gets in the water system," Sanches said.
Finding a solution which frees from people from dumping in toilets and throwing the drugs on the ground, the high school senior said this is just starting point of solving the community's problems.
"We can start in small steps. One day we can get there to make a bigger change, but with this I'm sure it will help a lot of people out," Nazeer said.
Nazeer said a board will review his project in the coming months.
The drop box is available to the public 24/7 under video surveillance. It's located in the front lobby of the Angelina County's Sheriff's Office.