Niagara Gazette

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October 7, 2013

GUEST VIEW: On watch for 'Molly' and prescription drug abuse

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Niagara Gazette — It is important that parents, teachers, coaches and other community leaders be aware of sudden changes in a person’s behavior, friends and social activities. If you observe any of these behaviors in your children, investigate the cause immediately to determine whether your child or friend has been using Molly or any illegal drugs. 

It is important to catch this problem in the earliest stage when it is easier to correct.

Aside from Molly, another disturbing trend is the continued rise in the abuse of prescription and synthetic drugs. It is no longer just cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Now we’re challenged by the abuse of opiates or painkillers.

The most-abused drug in the city of Lockport is opiates. Opiates are a class of narcotic that includes heroin, morphine, hydrocondone, oxycodone, Opana, Fentanyl, Morphone and a list of others. 

Fighting prescription drug abuse is challenging because it does not carry the stigma of traditional street drugs, but it can have the same detrimental effect. Prescription drug abuse happens on every ethnic and socio-economic scale. On the street these pills go for anywhere from $10 to $80. Many people are getting legal prescriptions and selling the pills for a profit. 

Prescription drug abuse affects the entire community and we must all do our part to raise awareness through education and example.

One tool we use in our war on prescription drugs is our semi-annual drug drop off event. The Lockport Police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host our fall drop-off event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Lockport Plaza. You need only drive through and drop off any unwanted prescription drugs; there is no waiting and no questions are asked. 

If you miss the Oct. 26 event, there is a permanent drop-off box at the police station where you may dispose of any prescription medication anytime in a secure and monitored location.

Larry Eggert is Lockport’s chief of police.

Larry Eggert is Lockport's chief of police.

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