Is the Safe Climate coalition of Lake...

Is the Safe Climate coalition of Lake County Safe

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#1 Feb 2, 2012
Is the Safe Climate coalition of Lake County just another Al Gore Global Warming Scam?

Wouldn’t you think if flushing unused meds down the toilet was really a problem the Lake County Water Authority and the SJRWMS would be involved? Aren’t they protecting our precious water supply?

The Safe Climate Coalition purchased safes for every law enforcement office in the county, except for the Tavares Police Department, which already had one.

According to Executive Director Debi Macintyre, the goal of the coalition’s Prescription Project is “to reduce and prevent prescription drug abuse by youth in Lake County.” Macintyre explains that this is to be achieved through the collaborative effort with Lake County law enforcement to create and implement an ongoing prescription drug disposal program by installing the depository safes.

Proper and responsible disposal of unused prescription medications is important because it prevents those medications from falling into the wrong hands, which can lead to addictions and accidental overdoses, and it protects the environment. Lake County has over 1,400 named lakes that are thriving with marine life that can be harmed when medications are flushed in toilets.

“This is a wonderful program that the Safe Climate Coalition has started and it’s a service that we’re glad to be able to offer our citizens. Proper disposal of unused medications is very important for many reasons,” said Lake Sheriff Gary Borders.

The safes will be emptied as needed and the medications will be turned over to the county’s Solid Waste Department, which will dispose of the medications in the incinerator.

Citizens wishing to drop off their medications may do so during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at either the sheriff’s Main Administration Building located at 360 West Ruby Street in Tavares, or at the South District Office located at 15855 State Road 50 in Clermont. Hey! You forgot to mention every police department in Lake County also has a drug safe!
Is this just another Not-For-Profit Lake County authorized and subsidized welfare program for the well connected? According to the most recent 990 filings Debi Macintyre the Executive Director draws a total salary of $68,551.00. Non compensated fellow board members come from a list of who’s who in Lake County, B. E. Thompson (A mover and shaker of Lifestream; who is found on many other boards around the county) B. E. Thompson’s half brother Lake Sheriff’s Captain Jack Holder,(now appearing on other boards with Thompson) Kristy Marden (Lake Sheriff administrator) Cindy Smith, Jonie Smith, Lori Humprey, Melaine Chin, Phil Scarpelli, Dr. Steve Van Gelder.

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#2 Feb 2, 2012
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. A program such as this is no better than those who are in charge of it. The sheriff’s statement “The safes will be emptied as needed and the medications will be turned over to the county’s Solid Waste Department, which will dispose of the medications in the incinerator.” Really? Some of these drugs have a street value of $50. Or more per pill.

Few of the people of Lake County ever heard about the local FHP trooper and his girlfriend arrested in September 2011 for trafficking drugs. They were arrested in CT with very little local news coverage (as per usual for Lake County)

September 15, 2011 – A Florida Highway Patrol trooper from Lake County and his fiancee were among 16 people arrested this week on charges of conspiring to distribute tens of thousands of oxycodone painkillers, authorities say.

“Operation Blue Coast” started with an arrest at a hotel in Stamford, Conn., on April 8, in which Drug Enforcement Administration officers recovered 6,000 oxycodone pills from a man who routinely traveled from Florida to Connecticut. The trafficker, whose identity was not released, agreed to cooperate and, over the next few months, made hidden recordings that implicated his cohorts, authorities said.

Justin Kolves, 28, of Grand Island, is accused of twice traveling to Connecticut to protect a dealer on drug deliveries, as well as promising protection on Florida roads, according to U.S. Attorney of Connecticut David B. Fein. Kolves reportedly was paid $1,600 a trip. His fiancé, Jessica Douglas, 28, of Grand Island, employed in HR at the City of Lady Lake was charged with accepting money on his behalf, Fein said. The local couple was arrested on charges of conspiring to illegally sell tens of thousands of Oxycodone painkillers from Florida to Connecticut.

If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

The board of this venture and the people of Lake County had better keep an eye on this covert operation. While the not-for-profit organization buying all these safes with “free grant money” sounds good while at the same time providing Ms. Macintyre with a big fat paycheck and, they may very well have the best of intentions in mind, ultimately it will be them who is held morally responsible when the “garbage man” or someone else in the disposal cycle picks up these drugs and gets caught up in the greed cycle and decides as the local trooper and his girlfriend did; there is more money in the drug business than there is in the garbage or police business.

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