RAYMOND —One after another, people came up to the table expressing thanks for offering the much needed event. It was the fifth DEA Got Drugs Medication Take Back campaign that the Raymond Police Department sponsored in partnership with the Raymond Coalition for Youth. This is a national event that is offered at participating locations across the county. Raymond Hannaford graciously agreed to sponsor the Raymond event at their location to help raise public awareness and offer easy access for those looking to participate.
By the end of the four hour event there were four boxes, totaling 100 pounds, filled with medication that people no longer needed or wanted. The stories that are shared at these events are what make it even more inspiring and meaningful to participate in. We heard from people who had lost loved ones and had boxes full of medication that was no longer needed and they didn't know what to do with it. Others had boxes full of containers they have collected as medication levels had been adjusted and new ones prescribed “No one ever told us what to do with the old ones, thank you for telling us about this event and how to properly get rid of them.” Others turned in left over Percocet or Oxycodone from past surgeries or aliments and just didn't want it in their house any longer.
For these reasons and more we want to thank everyone who helped to advertise, support and contributed to our fifth DEA Got Drugs Take Back event. Combined with the other five events held in the past two years we have collected a total 495 pounds in Raymond. Special thanks go out to Hannaford for hosting our space and the Raymond Police Department for sponsoring this event with RCFY.
As we move forward we are excited to announce that a permanent medication drug drop box is expected to be installed in the Raymond Police Department in the coming months. Once this happens we will be sure to make our community aware of it.