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6/16/2014 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Police Department drug drop box filling up
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The Kingman Police Department drop box.
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The Kingman Police Department drop box.

Scott Schulte
Miner Reporter


KINGMAN - In the six months since Kingman Police set up a drop box for expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications, more than 80 pounds of drugs have been "discarded appropriately," according to police spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki.

So far so good, but that it's just the beginning, she said.

"The drop box is giving people a place to discard their medications so people who are not prescribed these drugs cannot obtain them," Sochocki said.

"Some people either throw the drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Those drugs wind up in our drinking water or soil, and that isn't good."

Citizens are encouraged to drop their medications in the drop box, and those items are destroyed in the police department's incinerator. Doing so is safe for the environment.

The police have recently created small magnets encouraging people to use the drop box. Pharmacists throughout town hand out the magnets to customers so they know where to find the drop box.

It is located in the outer lobby of the Kingman Police Department at 2730 E. Andy Devine Ave. and can be used 24 hours a day.

"We are very fortunate here that our local doctors and pharmacists are supportive of the drop box program and getting the word out to our residents," Kingman Police Chief Robert DeVries said. "We're very pleased with the progress being made and how much the drop box is being used.

"Having these magnets on fridges in people's homes will work as a reminder as to what to do with medications that are no longer being used. This will continue to help keep drugs only in the hands of those prescribed for."

DeVries has also taken to the speaking circuit in hopes of raising awareness about the drug abuse problem in Kingman while continuing to educate people on how to appropriately rid themselves of medications.

"Some people think we are trying to take drugs out of the hands of those who need them," he said. "This is not the case. We're working to make it so those people who really need medication can get them legitimately."

The drop box accepts pills and patches, but not liquids or sharp objects. If a person has unwanted medication but lacks transportation or is disabled, the police department will make arrangements to pick up medications within Kingman city limits.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Article comment by: A Widow

I was pleased to find out about this drop off box, as I have a host of prescription drugs left from my husband who has since passed away. For months I have been wondering what I was going to do with them and now I have a safe place to dispose of them! Thank You KPD!!! I feel better knowing they will be disposed of properly.

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014
Article comment by: @ Frank

“No, because unless it is in a building with cops who have guns 24/7 the druggies would steal it.”

Don’t be silly Frank. Try using a little common sense for once. Far larger quantities of narcotics are available in several pharmacies located throughout town. Very few of the pharmacists are armed too.

“You mean all the local professionals who make a living from taxpayers running drug counseling scams that cure no one?”

Your low opinion of the medical professionals located within the local health department are is unfounded.

“And since you do not actually know what the local police chief knows or does not know about drug related health issues, I will give your opinion on that the zero credability it has earned.

What, you didn’t catch the recent article in the KDM titled “New, more powerful pot on the rise”?

“And really, all a druggie needs to be told is if you keep using friggin' drugs you will end up dead or in prison.”

Does this apply to alcoholics too? If not, why not?


Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

I can imagine all the local druggies who either go in the building or at least know the drop box is there gazing wistfully toward it as they are stumbling by.

"Would it be more conducive to the collection of such substances and the health of the depositor to place the drop box inside the local health department?"

No, because unless it is in a building with cops who have guns 24/7 the druggies would steal it.

"to consult with medical professionals regarding medical issues rather talk shop with the local police chief who apparently knows little about drug related health issues."

You mean all the local professionals who make a living from taxpayers running drug counseling scams that cure no one?

And since you do not actually know what the local police chief knows or does not know about drug related health issues, I will give your opinion on that the zero credability it has earned.

And really, all a druggie needs to be told is "If you keep using friggin' drugs you will end up dead or in prison".

LOL




Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Article comment by: Destiny Dillon

Glad to see Kingman doing something about the amount of pills floating around in the wrong hands in this town. Good job kingman!

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Article comment by: At the police department?

Would it be more conducive to the collection of such substances and the health of the depositor to place the drop box inside the local health department? While there they would even have an opportunity to consult with medical professionals regarding medical issues rather talk shop with the local police chief who apparently knows little about drug related health issues.

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"You mean my discarded drug pills I flush down the toilet into my septic tank are somehow leaching into the Kingman water system?"

Yep, sure do. The effluent in the leech field has to go somewhere. Down into the groundwater and aquifers that we all use is pretty much it.

Nice article in CR (I think, maybe PopSci) about how much drugs are found drinking water.


Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

You mean my discarded drug pills I flush down the toilet into my septic tank are somehow leaching into the Kingman water system? Wow, now I feel guilty.

Guess it's a good thing I don't live in the Kingman city limits.........or the fact I don't flush anything down the toilet but what is was made for. 8^ )




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