On May 13 Smiths Falls Police along with their partners from Crime Stoppers, and Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit were on hand at the police station parking lot to accept prescription drugs, expired drugs or any unused drugs.
With the fentanyl and opioid crisis at a simmer in the town and surrounding communities, Lyle Clancy of Crime Stoppers says the call went out to “everyone…even the sandwich generation” taking care of parents at home.
He emphasized how important it was to get unused prescription drugs out of the house, particularly if teenagers might be exposed to them. As an example he described teen parties with bowls full of drugs. “Kids take a handful. They don’t know what they are; they could be deadly.”
Although the day was rainy, the drop-offs were steady, and each drop-off provided a chance for one of the nine people keeping dry under the tents to give out information.
The event was to raise awareness on prescription drugs. How often do you go to your medicine cabinet, open the door and wonder what all those prescription drugs are for? How easy is it for anyone in the house to do the same thing but instead of looking and wondering, they take the drugs?
Cst. Aaron Tompkins, community service officer with Smiths Falls Police Service hopes the day “will be a good reminder to get rid of medication.”
“We want to prevent misuse,” he said.
As a reminder, Clancy says any information given to Crime Stoppers in May that leads to an arrest of someone caught trafficking opioids or fentanyl, the rewards are doubled.
If you missed the weekend event but have drugs you want to do away with, you can drop off prescription pills, patches, needles or any illegal drugs at any pharmacy at any time.
“No questions asked,” says Clancy.