The Richmond Police Department, along with the Ray County Coalition, has recently turned over more than 100 pounds of prescription drugs to the DEA. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Lieutenant Todd Herdman:
According to Lieutenant Herdman, the issue of safety is the primary goal behind this program. “Mainly, we don’t want it in the water system here in town,” said Herdman,” We also don’t want it thrown out in the trash where small children can come into contact with it. In addition, a lot of this medication can be left in medicine cabinets. We’ve had problems with it ending up in the schools. Some of the juveniles and minors that end up with the drugs will abuse them. It’s much better for people to turn it into our department.”
The level of community involvement can be used to judge the success of the program. “From April to October, we had 100 pounds of medication turned in. The DEA agents that actually came and picked it up said that was a pretty big amount for a small department like ours to collect,” said Herdman.
The drop off box is located in the lobby of the police department and available for residents to use at any time.