It is difficult to quantify a "successful pill drop-off", but we are pleased to let everyone know the following from our recent initiative to collect unwanted prescription medications this past weekend.
Detectives report a total of 199 pounds of unwanted pills collected on Saturday. This quantity compares to 80 pounds collected during the previous pill drop-off.
Is 199 pounds good? That is hard to say, but we think it is great! What we can say for sure is there are 199 pounds less of wanted prescription medications (remember these are controlled substances) just sitting around in medicine cabinets waiting to be taken by mistake (accidental overdoses by adults or children) or ingested by our youth in an effort to get high.
And now what happens to these pills? We make arrangements to incinerate them rather than grind them into a powder and throw them away where they can leach into our water system.
We appreciate everyone's interest in this program and your efforts to bring the pills to the police station. Together we can take small steps to make our community safer.
- Asst Chief Bill LePere