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For Immediate Release: October 17, 2019

Marshall County Legislators donate $1,950 to BPD

As Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, presented Boaz Assistant Police Chief Walter Colbert a $1,950 check, it symbolized improper disposal and abuse of unused prescription medication coming to an end in the City of Boaz.

When interviewing for the position of assistant police chief a few months ago, Colbert said he presented Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin with an idea that his wife helped him create. A safe location to drop off unused prescription pills for proper disposal.

“The chief wanted us to come up with some ideas with the drug problems at Boaz and what I went over was, no matter- if you don’t reduce the supply of drugs, the demand is still always going to be there, ” Colbert said.  “So you’ve got to try and reduce the demand.  We need a place where we can drop off unused medications so it can’s get in the hands of people that are abusing medications, or maybe people that are trying to break in to steal it,” he added.

Colbert said he first thought to re-purpose and old drop-off mailbox, but the idea fell through due to lack of such mailboxes.  So, he decided to find something online, and that’s when he reached ou to the local delegation for help with funding. 

Colbert said he anticipates the drop box being ordered, then installed in a couple of weeks.

“I think we can make a difference,” Colbert said.

Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Red Hill, who split the donation of $1,950 with Rich, was unable to attend.  However, Rich said both he and Scofield were thrilled to help the department’s efforts. 

For More Information Contact: Marshall County Legislative Office, 256-582-0619

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