2018-05-16 / Community

Community Thank You

Thanks community!

As Sheriff of Carroll County, I wanted to say “Thank You” to our community members. As many know, every year in the spring and the fall, local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participate in the national “Take It Back” program wherein residents can drop off their old, discarded prescription medications for proper disposal by the DEA. Since my time as Sheriff, I have elected to approach the program in a different way.

As many know and are quickly finding out, our agency has a secure metal medication collection box in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office and Jail. In essence, rather than participate just two days a year, we collect 365 days each year, 24 hours per day, seven days per week – all in our own local lobby.

Recently we turned over discarded medications to the DEA for disposal. I am happy to report since a year ago, we (you) collected over 300 pounds of old medications. I researched our report from a year ago and found we submitted almost 250 pounds of medications in the spring of 2017.

Now, a person might say, “Tobe, there’s not much of a difference in the amount collected between 2017 and 2018 - 50 pounds?”

My response would be – “It is 50 pounds which could have affected our children. It is 50 pounds which a person with the wrong intent could have sold on the street for their own selfish, monetary greed.”

Bottom line, in my opinion, it is 50 pounds which could have potentially done some form of harm to our community! Another way of looking at this, we didn’t go backward, we didn’t collect less but more!

So, to the community that I dearly feel blessed by God to serve, a heartfelt “Thank You.” Let’s continue to make the numbers rise and alleviate the potential for hurt to occur in our community.

Tobe Leazenby

Sheriff of Carroll County

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