Whether or not Wood River residents will have another resource to get rid of their old, unwanted or out-of-date medicine is still being considered. The Wood River Police Department is considering setting up a drop box for residents to turn in their prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Wood River Police Chief Otis Steward says they are still researching the various aspects of taking on that kind of responsibility. He tells The Big Z prescription drug abuse and heroin seem to be equally prevalent in the city.
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The department has hired a new officer. Mike Young comes to Wood River from neighboring East Alton, and will apparently be bringing his dog with him. Young is a canine handler, and East Alton has apparently offered to let Degan follow Young to his new job. The offer also includes the donation of the kennels and other associated equipment.