On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Brentwood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Brentwood Police Department at 272 Hanley Industrial Court. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
This morning, at approximately 1:30am, our officers were called to a residence in the 9400 block of White Avenue for a report of someone inside the caller’s vehicle.
When police arrived, they observed one suspect running from the scene. He was arrested. Another suspect was inside the caller’s vehicle, attempting to steal the car. Our officers ordered the suspect to get out of the car. The suspect backed out of the driveway, on to White Avenue, where a parked vehicle was struck. The suspect then drove back into the victim’s driveway, exited the vehicle, and fled the scene. The suspect was not found.
We believe the suspects were entering unlocked vehicles in the area. We have reports of unlocked vehicles entered on Parkside Avenue and Litzsinger Road.
If you have any information that would aid our investigation, including security video, please call the Brentwood Police at 644-7100.
At the Board of Alderman meeting, Mayor Thornton formally read the Oath of Office to our new Brentwood police officer, Brian Hopler. Brian is a recent graduate of the Jefferson College Police Academy. Welcome to our community Brian.
Congratulations to the 5th grade at St. Mary Magdalen who graduated today from the DARE program. The class is shown here with DARE Officer Eisenbeis.
Sgt. Tom Zurheide retired from the Brentwood Police Department. Last night was his last shift. He is seen here with fellow crew members; Officers Jerry Bappert, Paul Clayton and Dave Pouk. Sgt. Zurheide leaves after 22 years with the City of Brentwood.
Thank you for your dedication and service to our community.
Prepare for this potential weather event today. Don’t wait until Friday.
If you need to warm your vehicle, please be sure to lock it, before going inside your home. Every year, we receive reports of cars taken from driveways that are unlocked with the engine running.