Police department installs drug box

From left, mayor's assistant Rachel Frasier, Police Chief Marc Porter, National Guard Specialist Joshua Banick, Sgt. Anthony Adams and Master Sgt. Jessica Ramirez stand by the new drug drop box at the Gloversville Police Station on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department has become the latest local law enforcement agency to install a drug drop box.

On Friday, Police Chief Marc Porter and members of the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force showed the new box to The Leader-Herald.

The drop box is located in the lobby of the police department and will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Porter said that weekend dropoffs can be made by appointment by calling city police at (518) 773-4514.

The box was given to the department free of charge by CVS pharmacy. National Guard Sgt. Anthony Adams said the coalition works with law enforcement agencies to get the drop boxes installed.

Porter said the relationship with the National Guard is set up through the Fulton County Drug Task Force, which helped the city obtain the box.

New York State National Guard Counter Drug Task Force Criminal Analyst Master Sgt. Jessica Ramirez — who works out of the Gloversville Police Department — said the guard heard about the program through internet research.

“With our support of law enforcement agencies on the prevention side, we thought that would be a good thing to assist the law enforcement agencies in having,” Ramirez said.

The Gloversville Police have participated in federal Drug Enforcement Agency take back events, which Porter they will continue to take part in.

“This will provide local residents a year round solution to drop something off, rather than waiting for those events,” Porter said.

Ramirez said CVS makes the boxes available free of charge to law enforcement agencies.

Porter said the city applied for a box about two months ago. It is bolted to the floor of the police station, which is one of the requirements that must be met to have one.

The drop boxes are no questions asked. Sharps such as needles and liquid can not be accepted at the boxes.

Ramirez stressed that no member of the police department will be inspecting what people drop off.

“No one will know if you are dropping off hydrocodone or if you are dropping off heart medicine,” she said.

Porter said the department’s detective division is trained in evidence and property room management.

“They will exclusively be handling the medications once they are put into the box,” Porter said.

Porter said the hope for the boxes is that families can safely drop off their medications and keep it out of the hands of children who are curious or people with an addiction.

Porter said it was a straight forward process to get the boxes. The city has also received authorization from the state Department of Health to get listed on their website as a law enforcement prescription drop box facility.

“We anticipate being on their website in the near future,” Porter said.

Porter said the CVS store at the intersection of Route 30A and East Fulton Street will also have a sign going up in their pharmacy next month advertising the location of the drop box.

Other locations include the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Kerry Minor can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.