Ball State social work students organize drug takeback program

(The Daily) As temperatures dropped in Muncie Thursday afternoon, a group of students braved the cold at the Scramble Light for a good cause.

Around 20 students in the SOCW 430 immersive learning program spent the afternoon partnering with the Addictions Coalition of Delaware County and Student Association for Addressing Addiction to spread awareness about addiction and help Delaware County residents break existing habits. Thursday’s event, which ran from 2-5 p.m., focused on reclaiming unused prescription drugs from community members looking to remove the substances from their living spaces.

“Just getting [leftover substances] out of the homes and getting them to where they can be taken somewhere else by the police and getting rid of them helps [the drugs’ owners] so they don’t have access to those things if they are feeling down, feeling suicidal or if they have substance abuse issues,” said McKenzie Mueller, senior social work major and project organizer. Read more.