WALKER – The Walker Police Department collected more than 43 pounds of drugs on April 27.
“Arrested in connection with the incident were … well, nobody,” said Capt. John Sharp, public information officer.
The drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter medications, were collected during the Police Department’s Second Annual Operation Take Back event.
“Operation Take Back, conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is a program that provides the people in our community with an easy and safe way to dispose of unneeded prescription and over the counter medications,” Walker Police Chief David Addison said.
“We began participating in the program last year as a community service project and collected almost 20 pounds of prescription drugs.
“Based on the positive community feedback generated by Operation Take Back, I decided to make our participation in the program an annual event,” Addison said.
“At the end of the collection period, after we packaged and weighed what we had received, we found that we had collected 43.5 pounds of medications; over twice the amount turned in last year,” Addison said.
“We are very pleased with the results of this year’s Take Back Program,” he said.
“The drugs that were turned in will not be improperly thrown away, they won’t be stolen from somebody’s medicine cabinet and they won’t wind up in the hands of illegal sellers, users or children.
“With this kind of response, we plan to continue our participation in the Operation Take Back program in the future.”
After being weighed, the drugs were placed in labeled and sealed evidence containers and locked up pending DEA collection.
Over time, people tend to accumulate quantities of both prescription and over-the-counter medications that just sit in medicine cabinets and drawers, Sharp said.
In many cases, people don’t know what to do with medications that have expired or aren’t needed any longer.
“Keeping medications in the home that are no longer needed, especially prescription medications, can be dangerous,” Sharp said.
“They can end up in the hands of children, as well as invited and uninvited guests. Throwing away unneeded medications or flushing them into the sewer system can also create risks.”
Medications turned in range from over-the-counter ones to blood pressure and antibiotic medications.
“However we received a large quantity of highly addictive and commonly abused medications including opiates, such as fentanyl, oxycontin and hydrocodone; sedatives, such as xanax, clonazepam and valium; and stimulants, like adderall, dexedrine, among others.”