Friday, March 7, 2014
Mount Pleasant Council member Elton Carrier and Mount Pleasant Police Chief Carl Ritchie attended an Eagle Scout ceremony at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church last Sunday to honor twins Charlie and Zachary Worrall for their work on a national law enforcement initiative: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Council member Elton Carrier, an Eagle Scout himself, presented both Eagle Scouts with a letter from Mayor Linda Page and the key to the town. Chief Ritchie presented a letter of commendation on behalf of the police department for their hard work.
“Over the course of a few months, and under the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 20 and the guidance of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, Charlie and Zachary went to all our Mount Pleasant schools and educated students on the risks associated with the misuse of prescription drugs and the proper way to dispose of them,” said Carrier. “They championed a worthy cause and best exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”
“Charlie and Zackary collected 112.5 pounds of prescription drugs and are commended for taking on a serious issue that affects teenagers and adults alike,” said Police Chief Carl Ritchie. “Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Sadly, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from the home medicine cabinet. Remember that unused prescriptions drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Take-Back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.”
Mount Pleasant Police Department Executive Secretary Lori Gaskin, an organizer of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, was impressed by Charlie and Zachary's commitment. “They were very friendly, professional and really earned that badge last October. They really made my job easy!” she added. For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to www.dea.gov or www.justthinktwice.com.