Prescription Medication Roundup Huge Success

In the Kent County Sheriff’s Office 2011 annual prescription drug roundup, deputies collected enough unwanted medications to fill four 32-gallon trash cans. The program was organized by the Adolescent Substance Abuse Coalition in cooperation with the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Steven Linz of the sheriff’s office and Tom Clark of ASAC manned tables in firehouses and other locations throughout the county from April 4 to 14, accepting unwanted or outdated prescriptions or over-the-counter medicine. The items county residents brought included aspirin, vitamins, narcotics, painkillers and a few veterinary medications. Among the 160 different drugs collected were methadone, Xanax, Vicodin, Ritalin, oxycodone, Darvocet and codeine. Price estimated the street value of the drugs at more than $16,000.