SIFE starts drug drop-off program 

August 20, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise is leading a community-wide effort to dispose of out-of-date medications and other hazardous material in order to help keep these substances out of local water supplies.

Beginning Sept. 8, the SIFE team will open a drop-off station on the first floor of the Nunn Business Building at the corner of 6th St. and Igo Blvd. The site will be open from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will accept unused medications or syringes. The station will be open on the second Wednesday of every month.

Wayland Associate Professor of Business Dr. Sammy Van Hoose, faculty advisor for SIFE, said the project grew from Wayland’s initiative to become more socially and environmentally responsible.

“Water conservation and purification is the main thrust of this project,” Van Hoose said. “Starting about 10 years ago there was a big push to destroy unused medication. People began throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet. Then we started seeing two-headed frogs and two-tailed fish and things like that.

“This provides a way for people to get rid of all that stuff without having to throw it in the trash or flush it down the toilet.”

SIFE students will collect and log the medications, then transport them to the local police department where they will be incinerated. The project is operated by SIFE in partnership with the Plainview Entrepreneurial Guide Alliance, the City of Plainview, Plainview Main Street/CVB, Pitch-In Plainview, and the Plainview-Hale County Health Department.

For more information, contact Dr. Van Hoose at 291-1029.