RHINELANDER - Old drug prescriptions usually sit in the back of your cabinet.
When you find them, you might throw them away.
But that could help someone’s addiction.
No questions, no names; just bring in the pills.
The Rhinelander Police Department wants your help to tackle drug addiction.
"It’s an opportunity for citizens to bring in all unused prescription medication in pill form into the police department," said Rhinelander Police Patrol Officer, Amanda Young.
"We don’t ask any questions. We don’t ask where they got it. We don’t even want to know their name. It gives them an opportunity to bring it in, get rid of it and kind of just get it off the street."
Rhinelander joined the National Prescription Drug "Take Back" Day.
They want to cut prescription drug abuse.
"There is a high rate of addiction with prescription medication," Young said.
"Even if you just get the medication, somebody else in the house or somebody else that brings into the house can see that in your medicine cabinet and take it away. It would be contributing to the prescription problem that we have."
These drugs are passed along to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
They destroy it.
What they don't want you to do is flush it or pour it down your sink.
"It has a potential of obviously getting into your septic system. That has a potential of leaking out into the ground," said Young.
"Eventually it would go down to aquifer, which is the water supply underneath the permeable rock. That has the potential of polluting our water system."
You can still drop old drugs off in the front lobby of the police department.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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