More than 50,000 pills were taken off the street in Delaware County this weekend. Grove CAN and Jay CAN sponsored a prescription drug dump in conjunction with a national effort by the same name.
Residents who turned in drugs were given gift cards, enticed with donuts and coffee and a thank you as volunteers greeted them at the Grove Civic Center in the morning and in Jay in the afternoon.
Many of the drugs sought after by teens were collected, counted and will be sent to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to be disposed of, according to Drug Prevention Specialist Chuck Pearce.
“We collected a lot of Oxycontin, which is a pain pill the kids are looking for,” said Pearce.
Grove Police Chief Mark Morris said he was pleased with the turnout.
“That’s that many drugs that are off the street,” he said .
Staff from the Claremore Police Department assisted the project with their digital counter for the pills.
Liquid prescriptions, herbs, vitamins and topical gels were also turned in.
While the effort netted a huge amount of drugs, Pearce said that there were only 95 cars that came through in Grove and a handful in Jay.
“We are talking one percent of the population here turned in their expired drugs,” Pearce said. “That just goes to show you how much more is out there.
The group plans to hold another event in the spring.