October is Crime Prevention Month

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LAPD: Will host drop-off for old and unused prescription drugs

By Carol A. Clark

For the fourth consecutive year, the Celebrate Safe Communities initiative is working with local communities across the country during October’s Crime Prevention Month to address local crime trends and issues.  

Registered Celebrate Safe Communities sites are holding a wide variety of events and programs in surrounding neighborhoods with law enforcement agencies, schools, businesses and others to highlight crime prevention efforts and celebrate the work done to maintain safer communities.  

Locally, Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

“Outdated and unused prescription drugs can accumulate and this gives our residents an opportunity to dispose of them in a safe and secure manner,” said Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris who is the supervisor of the LAPD Investigations Division, which will be manning the booth.

Last year, the public turned in more than 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs through 4,000 take-back sites across the nation. In Los Alamos,  residents dropped off expired and unused prescription drugs as well as drugs from deceased family members that they didn’t know what to do with.

“The pills we collected filled a container that was a foot and a half tall by a foot deep and a foot wide,” Det. Jeremy Duran said at the time.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored the nationwide event.

National Crime Prevention Council President and CEO Ann M. Harkins said in a news release that these types of activities included in the Celebrate Safe Communities program equate to “crime prevention done the right way.”

“We encourage our communities to recognize that an active partnership with local law enforcement will always be the key to a safer community,” she said.

Celebrate Safe Communities is a joint initiative of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The NCPC has developed community safety themes through consultation with previous Celebrate Safe Communities’ participants concerned about widespread crime trends in their local communities.

This year’s themes include:
• Drug Abuse Prevention  
• Home Safety
• Crime Reporting and Community Engagement
• School and Campus Safety

The month-long commemoration reflects the adage that crime prevention pays off. NCPC collaborates with BJA, Kwikset, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other entities that provide useful resources to help local communities address the crime prevention themes highlighted this year.

The Drug Enforcement Administration will also promote the last week of October as drug prevention Red Ribbon week.

The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit lead for crime prevention. For 30 years, its symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered crime prevention tips that protect what matters most to families and communities.
For additional information on the Celebrate Safe Communities program, visit www.celebratesafecommunities.org