Issue#651: May 4, 2016
A Message from Chief Knight

Left to right: Officer Schmidt,Sgt. Kjorstad,Chief Knight,Senden,De Leon, Sgt. Duzan and Captain Anderson

“Minority Students Perceptions of Police Officers”

Chaska High School seniors Denisse De Leon and Steven Senden chose the above topic as their Capstone Project.  As a part of their work, they presented their findings to members of the Chaska Police Department.

Denisse and Steven write:
“For our capstone project our goal was to find out how high school students of different ethnicities view the Law Enforcement of Carver County, and why?  In order to receive their views, we created a survey which was distributed to the Integrated Arts Academy, Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative, and to the Chaska High School.

What we conclude from the surveys we gathered is that the majority of our classmates view our local law enforcement positively, yet their negative generalizations are influenced by social media and peers.”     

Chaska Officers issued 30 citations and 22 warnings during this reporting period.
There were 171 calls for service.
Officer Hance stopped a vehicle for poor driving conduct in the area of Hwy 41 and First Street West.  The female driver was intoxicated and failed field sobriety evaluations.  She was arrested and charged with 4th degree DWI.

Nappy  Time…
Police received a report of a “body” lying on the ground, adjacent to a creek one recent afternoon near downtown Chaska.  Officers located the “body”, which was found to be a person who was just taking a nap.

Left to Right: Amber Kahnke with River Valley Nursing, Chief Knight and Officer Janke
Render Old Prescriptions Safe
The Chaska Police Department partnered with River Valley Nursing to provide DETERRA to seniors who are unable to drop off their unused prescriptions at the medicine take back box located at the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.  A big thank you to River Valley Nursing for funding this important program! Both, the Chaska Police and River Valley Nursing will be distributing DETERRA to seniors.

 Deterra™ Drug Deactivation System

The Deterra Drug Deactivation System renders unwanted, unneeded narcotics, antibiotics, transdermal patches and other prescription drugs ineffective for misuse and safe for disposal and the environment. Deterra was originally introduced as Medsaway.

Powered by patented MAT12™ Molecular Adsorption Technology, the Deterra System neutralizes the active chemicals in prescription drugs using proprietary activated carbon. This technology is highly effective in adsorbing and firmly binding pharmaceuticals, rendering them inactive and ineffective for misuse or accidental exposure to children or pets.

The Deterra System features a pouch containing MAT12, a proprietary activated carbon that bonds to pharmaceutical compounds when water is added, making drugs quickly ineffective and safe for disposal in any setting – home, clinic or hospital
In 2013, a total of 43,982 deaths in the United States were attributed to drug poisoning, including 16,235 deaths (37 percent) involving opioid analgesics. From 1999 to 2013, the drug poisoning death rate more than doubled from 6.1 to 13.8 per 100,000 population, and the rate for drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics nearly quadrupled from 1.4 to 5.1 per 100,000.i

In 2013, of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,767 (51.8 percent) were related to pharmaceuticals.

More people die from overdose of prescription drugs than they do from heroin and cocaine combined.

Of the 22,767 deaths relating to pharmaceutical overdose in 2013, 16,235 (71.3 percent) involved opioid analgesics (also called opioid pain relievers or prescription painkillers), and 6,973 (30.6 percent) involved benzodiazepines. (Some deaths include more than one type of drug.

As of 2009, there were more than 1,000 published reports of the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in sewage, surface waters, ground waters and elsewhere.

Because of these findings, most federal, state and local authorities are now recommending (and many requiring) that pharmaceuticals not be disposed in the toilet or sink.

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