Thomasville police land drug prevention grant
A local law enforcement agency has received some additional funds to help it fight prescription drug abuse in its community.
The Thomasville Police Department was awarded a $5,000 grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators for outstanding work in the investigation of prescription drug diversion.
The Special Operations Unit was one of 54 agencies to receive funding. About 75 to 85 percent of the unit’s investigations involve prescription drugs.
The money will be used to provide services to increase the enforcement and education of the prescription drug abuse problem in Thomasville.
”The entire country is dealing with a prescription pill epidemic and we are not immune,” said Detective J. Baity. “It is absolutely ridiculous, the amount of people who are abusing prescription pills. When pharmaceutical companies are reformulating their products to lessen the chance of abuse, that is proof enough of the problem were are facing.”
The grant’s purpose is to help address prescription drug diversion and to put resources in the hands of law enforcement to help combat prescription drug abuse and diversion.
The department has also been awarded a grant from the Target Corporation for $1,000 in recognition of the professionalism presented by the department’s Criminal Investigation Division. The grant will be used to purchase new cameras to help the department process crime scenes.
“It is often said a picture is worth a thousand words,” Saintsing said. “This Target grant allows us to purchase cameras that will aid detectives in the documentation of crime scenes and hopefully lead to a higher percentage of solved cases.”
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