By Diana Graettinger
After a one-year hiatus, residents April 24 have been desperate to eliminate unused medication and paperwork on the Solar Metropolis Posse’s Take-Again-Medicine and Shred-A-Thon.
One other advantage of the day? It proved that we’re taking steps to return to what-used-to-be a daily occasion.
It has been a battle as assorted medication and a whole bunch of items of paper and paperwork piled up through the year-long battle as homebound residents navigated the maze of COVID-19. Hopefully as individuals get vaccinated, proceed to social distance and put on masks, it signifies that the Posse can get again to doing what it does finest, assist Solar Metropolis residents. The Take-Again-Drug and Shred-a-Thon is only a first step.
Volunteers with the Solar Metropolis Posse, in cooperation with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Workplace, have been on obligation to assist eliminate these pesky medication. Additionally on obligation have been members of the Solar Metropolis PRIDES and the Retirement Group Affiliation. They have been there handy out info and to remind our residents that they’re nonetheless right here.
Solar Metropolis residents dropped off a whole bunch of bottles of unused medication through the MCSO and Solar Metropolis Posse “Nationwide Take-Again Initiative.” This system additionally was sponsored by the Arizona Drug Enforcement Company and the Solar Metropolis Residence Homeowners Affiliation.
Too typically prescribed drugs are left in drugs cupboards and cabinets, and after a one-year hole, our residents have been able to do some dumping. Drugs within the house are a number one explanation for unintended poisoning and flushing or trashed medicines can find yourself polluting Arizona waters.
Specialists agree that take-back applications resembling this one is a primary selection. Legislation enforcement, public well being and environmental professionals are united in help of take-back applications because the most secure and most accountable approach to eliminate undesirable and expired medicines.
Posse volunteers, together with June Bryant and Cheryl Fallon, have been busy dumping medication into massive bins beneath the watchful eye of a MCSO deputy. The collected medicines are sealed after which incinerated.
Lt. David Powers, who’s in command of site visitors and patrol for the Posse, mentioned vehicles have been lined alongside Sunland Drive all the best way to Agua Fria at 8 a.m. once we opened. The primary rush of site visitors included greater than 250 vehicles, golf vehicles and some individuals on bikes. Throughout the subsequent 4 hours there was a gentle stream of site visitors.
Dave Miller, Posse commander, mentioned that he was happy with the turnout.
“We not solely are providing a group service by getting unused medication out of our Solar Metropolis homes, however we are also serving to to guard the atmosphere,” he mentioned.
Whereas one half of the Solar Metropolis Posse headquarter parking zone was devoted to gathering medication, the opposite half was arrange for undesirable trash. Assured Paperwork Destruction had three vehicles on website and Solar Metropolis residents stuffed two of them. Posse member Steve Arnold and Bob Kish, who works for the doc destruction firm, have been all smiles as they collected undesirable papers, flyers and paperwork that have been then shredded.
On one other a part of the parking zone, PRIDES members had a tent arrange and have been handing out details about their group. Have you ever ever observed how clear Solar Metropolis is in contrast with different communities? Do you are taking observe that there aren’t any deserted beer/soda cans or wads of paper on the streets or within the medians? That’s due to the PRIDES. The group was organized in 1982 and its members work onerous to maintain the 210 miles of roads, parkways and medians in Solar Metropolis clear and neat, amongst different duties. So should you see a person or lady in a shiny orange vest, chances are high they’re choosing up trash, so take a second and inform them thanks.
One other group on deck through the weekend occasion was the RCA, who additionally had volunteers standing by handy out details about their group.
All in all it was a really profitable weekend for Solar Metropolis. The residents disposed of undesirable objects and the Posse, the PRIDES and RCA confirmed that they’re again and keen to make Solar Metropolis the nice group we’ve realized to like.
Editor’s Observe: Diana Graettinger is Solar Metropolis Posse public info officer.