On Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Bellefontaine Police Department in partnership with Logan County CORE, Mary Rutan Hospital, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to the canopy entrance of Mary Rutan Hospital, located at 205 E Palmer Rd. The site cannot accept liquids. Needles/sharps, pills and patches will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Mary Rutan Hospital is providing sharps disposal at no cost as a community service.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or https://www.logancountycore.com/
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! A BIG NIGHT OF FUN IS COMING SOON!!!
TAILGATE PARTY BEFORE THE INDIAN LAKE FOOTBALL GAME AT B.H.S. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 4:30-7:00! BOUNCE HOUSES, FREE GIVEAWAYS, FREE FOOD, AND FUN!
START OUT YOUR PRE-GAME FESTIVITIES WITH US!
DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A GREAT COUNTY RIVALRY AND ENTERTAINMENT!
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The Bellefontaine Police Department presents the “7th Annual Community Safety Event” on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to be held at Southview Park from 3:00 – 7:00 PM.
Join us for games, fun, food and live music. Also scheduled to attend are K9 Teams, a Mock Crash, Aviation Units, Motorcycle Units and Mounted Units. Tickets are available at the Police Department for the K9 Chicken Dinner Fundraiser.
Kids are invited for a pool party to be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 sponsored by the Bellefontaine Police Department. Admission is $2. Kids will each receive a hot dog and a drink at the concession stand during those hours. This event will be rescheduled if the weather does not cooperate.
Summer Movie Series continues – “Gnomeo and Juliet” July 12th at 9:00; “A Christmas Story” July 26th at 8:45 and “Mary Poppins Returns” August 9th at 8:30 – all at Mary Rutan Park.
Come out and enjoy the many fine parks we offer in the City of Bellefontaine!!! Facilities at many park locations are also available for rental. Visit: www.bellefontaineparks.com
The Bellefontaine Civil Service Commission has announced a new Civil Service Exam for the position of Police Officer with the City of Bellefontaine. Applications are now available in the Mayor's Office, or by clicking the link below, and must be returned by Friday, May 17, 2019 by 4:30 PM. The Mayor's Office is located in the City Building at 135 North Detroit Street, Bellefontaine. Exam is set for Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.
Currently, the Bellefontaine Police Department is expecting to hire one to two officers from this new test, which should fulfill the remainder of this year and most of 2020 as vacancies occur.
Contact: Mrs. Heather Feasel, Mayor's Office
(937) 592-4376 or at email@example.com
Officer Jacob Sikierka - 2018 Officer of the Year
Dispatcher Nichole Chambers - Dispatcher of the Year
Officer Doug Walters - 2018 Special Commendation recipient
Officer Andrew Kennedy - 2018 Special Commendation recipient
A LIST OF TIPS FOR ADULTS ON STAYING SAFE
In most communities throughout the United States, you will find a growing trend of opiate use. Opiates are typically most easily defined as "pills". Opiates seem to be a leading cause of Heroin use, as more and more users of Heroin explain their starting point in abusing harmful drugs. Unfortunately, opiate use may start out as something that a physician may prescribe for pain or post-op, but if not carefully monitored by the patient, opiates can become easily abused without the patient recognizing their body's newly formed craving. For example, an adult that recently had a knee surgery will be prescribed pain medication to help keep the patient more comfortable. The patient begins using the pain killer as prescribed, but their body may end up causing the person to believe they "must" have the medication to recuperate successfully. In the end, what started out as a knee surgery, may end up causing a life-long addiction problem. If you notice side affects from the prescribed drug on initial use, please pay close attention and consult your physician.
Please do whatever you can to stop this growing trend! We need to all be mindful of this possibility with family, friends and loved-ones. Without your help and careful consideration of the possibilities, we will continue to see this problem incrementally expand.
If you know of someone that is abusing harmful drugs, please do what you can to point them towards help! Local drug and alcohol treatment facilities are available. Consolidated Care is a great place to start, or talk to your own physician. Those who unknowingly become addicts, may not recognize the symptoms that you see and may initially deny that there is a problem. Urge them to closely monitor their prescriptions and pill intake.
If you need to speak with someone more about this growing problem, please either call us at (937) 599-1010 or simply Contact Us here. We will help as much as possible.
Together, we can make a difference!
Check out Chief Standley, he took part in the making of this public safety announcement video.
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