High Ridge, Missouri, August 22, 2012- On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the North Jefferson County Ambulance District (NJCAD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to NJCAD Headquarters Building at 2820 Horrell Lane, High Ridge, MO. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 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.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like North Jefferson County Ambulance District and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
High Ridge, Missouri, May 7th, 2012- The North Jefferson County Ambulance District (NJCAD) has promoted Jamie Guinn to the position of Chief. The promotion was announced at the regularly scheduled NJCAD board meeting on April 16th, 2012.
Chief Guinn, a 17 year veteran of the agency, will oversee the daily operations and financial management of the department. Chief Guinn succeeds John Scullin who resigned in December 2011.
Previously, Chief Guinn served for 3 years as the agency’s Assistant Chief. He was appointed to Interim Chief in January 2012. Guinn is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, Fitch & Associates Accredited Ambulance Service Manager, and maintains several EMS certifications. He is a St. Louis native who currently resides in Northern Jefferson County with his wife and son.
Guinn’s diverse background in EMS has molded his public service career as a dedicated EMS professional. “I welcome the opportunity to further serve the community and Team NJCAD. Every patient we serve deserves and receives not only the highest quality of medical care, but a dedicated and compassionate caregiver.” said Chief Guinn.
“Chief Guinn has already made significant contributions to the Department. I am very pleased to make this promotion and look forward to his continued support as we progress into the future” said Chairperson John Whitehead.