The General Services Department hosted a volunteer appreciation reception on Thursday night to honor volunteers who assisted the department in hosting special events, providing office assistance, and much more. Collectively, the volunteers put in more than 2,900 of service work in Fiscal Year 2016. Former City Mayor Jacqueline Moore spoke to the group about kindness and the importance of kindness in our community. #SpreadingSunshine
The North Port City Commission approved a resolution this week to support the evolution of a "Kindness Community" that makes kindness a way of life. City Mayor Linda Yates signed the resolution while sitting next to Former City Mayor Jacqueline Moore. https://goo.gl/Un2P9O
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the North Port Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 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 North Port Police Department Main Police Station at 4980 City Hall Blvd, North Port FL 34286. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 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.
Thanks for the support! A dangerous situation Tuesday night for officers who got some help from a few good Samaritans. Corey Mclinko in red and Patrick Savercool in gray. A mentally ill subject became agitated and broke from Fire Department restraints, subsequently confronting EMS personnel in the rear of the rescue. Responding units became enmeshed in a melee with the subject. One of our officers got hurt. The two men with law enforcement backgrounds in Pennsylvania jumped in and helped restrain the individual who is now getting the proper medical attention.
Corey wrote in to us on Facebook. "I just wanted to give a shout out to NPPD for there professionalism and quick response of the back up Officers. I'm just glad we were in the right place at the right time to help out and that no one was hurt! In today's society, most people would rather stand back with a camera and watch instead of acting! But like me, there are many out there who will act and will always have your back. Stay safe!"
Thank you gentleman. As a community we can do this together.