by Lisa Tome
Allen Miller doesn't want people to have to wait for a specific day to dispose of their unwanted medications.
Miller, Chief of the Perryville Police Department, has found a way to simplify the process.
While working his part time job at Colora Pharmacy, Chief Miller saw a product which lets people dispose of their medications safely at home. He then contacted Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, the producer of the high tech personal medication disposal system. And asked about getting them for the department.
"They then sent us 300 samples. I'm giving them to the officers. This way, if someone has one or two medications to dispose of, they aren't waiting," said Miller.
The way the packets work is that users place their unused prescriptions or over the counter medicines in the packet. They then fill it with tap water, shake it, and throw it away. The product renders drugs useless.
"It works with any medications including pain relievers," said Chief Miller.
"Unused medications are a safety concern. We don't want people to contaminate the water. Nor do we want a child or animal to get a hold of the drugs. This prevents drug abuse," said Chief Miller.
Anyone who would like a drug disposal pack, may request one from an officer no questions asked. Or stop by the police department and pick one up. "These packs are for one or two prescriptions. We don't expect you to dispose of a year's worth with one pouch," said Miller.
"We haven't gotten too much feedback on it. This is another tool for officers to carry. This is an important tool to prevent drug abuse. This is the latest technology free and is yours for the asking," the chief said. "I don't know of any other police department that uses this. It's safe and easy and no one has to drive to a police department."
The new police building, set to open this fall, will have a drug disposal box. "We're trying to stay ahead of technology," said Miller.
He also said that the department is working to accommodate officers. All of the police vehicles in the future will be the larger SUVs. "We have some big officers and they want some room," Chief Miller said.
All the officers in the department now also carry a 50 foot throw rope which can be used for water rescues. The rope floats on water.
"We're looking at so much stuff. The town's been good to us about getting proper equipment," Miller added.
In other business from the Perryville Police Department: Officers recently began filling out Overnight Property Check Cards.
These cards show the date and time in which an officer stopped by on patrol. Officers then can let businesses or homeowners know if there was an issue - such as windows or doors not being secured or any other unusual circumstances. The police department phone number is also listed. This program was recently enacted at the department. Rising Sun police have had a similar program for several years called "Night Eyes".