Evan Bezanson, Kentville Police Chief Mark Mander, Jennifer Youden and Const. Mike Goss at the Kentville collection site. - Nancy Kelly
By Nancy Kelly
Kings County’s inaugural drug amnesty collection day appears to have been well received.
Kentville Police Chief Mark Mander acknowledged he was “very happy with the response” from the community.
In the first couple of hours of the Dec. 1 collection, 70 envelopes of unwanted and outdated prescription and over-the-counter medications were brought to the drop-off site in Kentville’s Centre Square. Other sites included the Greenwood Mall, Berwick fire hall and the County Fair Mall in New Minas.
Annapolis Valley Health partnered with the Kentville Police Service, Kings District RCMP and community physicians and pharmicists to host the multi-site drop-off. All participating organizations are members of the Opiates Issues Council established in 2011. The group’s inaugural drug amnesty project is part of its response to public concerns about opiate use in the Annapolis Valley and an effort to keep prescription drugs off the streets.
For more, see this week's edition of The Register.