GLASGOW — Glasgow Police Department Officer Aaron Cowan, who coordinated the GPD's participation in the collection of unused, unwanted and expired medications Saturday at Walmart, was pleased with the community's response.
The project was part of a nationwide Drug Enforcement Agency drug-take back effort.
"Our event was a huge success, even with the inclement weather," Cowan said via a GPD press release. Citizens were making drop-offs prior to 10 a.m., which is when the event was scheduled to begin and were still bringing them to the receptacles after the 2 o’clock shutdown."
GPD Officer Tommy Corbin and Marilyn Sink, project director for the Barren-Hart Metcalfe Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Coalition, volunteered to help with the booths that were set up at two of the store's entrances.
"We also appreciate all of those that stopped by and thanked us for hosting the event. One patron even thanked us, as he had lost a child this past year due to an overdose on prescription pain pills. Comments like this encourage us to keep fighting to make our community a safe and drug free environment," Cowan said.
The 62 pounds of medication that were collected "no longer pose a threat to our children and the elderly who may take it by mistake or our environment as it will be disposed of properly and in a manner that will not pollute our water," he said.
Medications may be dropped off at a secured receptacle in the lobby of the new Glasgow Police Department location at 100 S. Broadway St. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Drop-off containers are also at the Barren, Hart and Metcalfe counties sheriff's offices and the Horse Cave and Cave City police departments year-round.
The containers were purchased in late 2010 with grant money obtained by the tricounty Ky. ASAP Coalition.