It was a busy day for law enforcement officers and volunteers as they collected over 600 lbs of prescription drugs, needles, and liquid medications. The three drop off points were the Prescott Police Station, Prescott Valley Police Station and Memory Park in Chino Valley. All three locations were kept active by local residents who brought anything from one prescription bottle to bags full of prescriptions that were out dated or no longer needed. These drop off points were manned by law enforcement officers and members of the MATForce (Mehtamphetamine Advisory Task Force).
"Dump the Drugs" gives citizens a safe place to drop off drugs and other substances that people no longer want around their homes. The substances are then combined and will be destroyed by law enforcement officers. Collected substances were seperated by pills, needles, enhalers, and liquids. All medications that were in pill form were emptied from there bottle into trash bags to be destroyed.
County Attorney Shelia Polk was at the Prescott Police Station and counted over 125 citizens that dropped off drugs and other substances. "Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem. One out of every three 12th grade students in Yavapai County has abused prescription drugs" stated the County Attorney.
Embry Riddle wrestling coach Ken Ramsey was also on hand and had his team involved in Prescott and Chino Valley. These wrestler's got a first hand look at the "Dump the Drug" program and were very helpful in assisting local authorities during this event. "I was glad that my team was able to assist law enforcement authorities and the County Attorney in collecting these substances from our citizens. It gave my players a chance to see first hand the prescription drugs that can ruin a young person's life and future in school and athletics" stated coach Ramsey.
If you missed this "Dump the Drugs" event don't worry. Drugs can be dropped off at all three Police Stations during business hours. Prescott Police Chief Mike Kabble was also involved at the Prescott location and was very appreciative to all the citizens, volunteers, and law enforcement officers that made this event a success.
See below for the official Press Release.
Press Release from MATForce
By Penny Cramer
Wrestlers from ERAU join MATForce at Saturday’s Dump the Drugs collection sites
Eighteen students and three coaches from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) wrestling team joined police and community volunteers in support of MATForce Dump the Drugs on Saturday, October 17. The ERAU students gathered in Prescott and Chino Valley to help collect and sort expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. The students brought great energy and enthusiasm to the event, greeting residents at curbside to assist with disposing of the unwanted medications in a safe manner.
Approximately 400 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication were collected at the police departments in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. MATForce, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, sponsored the event to help keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the hands of our teens as well as out of our water sources.
“The involvement of these outstanding student wrestlers from ERAU exemplifies the philosophy of MATForce of involving community at a grass-roots level to address substance abuse,” said Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney and MATForce Co-Chair. “These students have assisted in reducing the risk of prescription drug abuse in our community.”
Newly appointed Prescott Police Chief Mike Kabbel attended the event along with two of his police officers, Officer Dan Smith and Officer Nate Barto. Chief Kabbel is also a member of the MATForce Executive Committee. He said, “Proper disposal of unwanted medication promotes safety for our environment and community by reducing unsafe disposal or access to these drugs. This is especially important among our teens.”
MATForce extends a special thank you to ERAU and the students for their volunteerism. MATForce also thanks the Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Department and Chino Valley Police Departments for their assistance in accepting and properly disposing of these medications.
If you missed the Dump the Drugs event, the Prescott Police Department accepts unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 222 S. Marina. The department is unable to accept syringes for disposal.
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