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MARCH IS POISON AWARENESS MONTH

 

ACCIDENTAL POISONING CAN HAPPEN AT ANY AGE; NOT JUST TO SMALL CHILDREN


  • Ages 1 to 6:  Most accidental poisonings happen to this group while exploring.  This is the age group with the highest fatality rate because of ingestion and the inability of developing organs to cope with a massive toxic exposure.
  • Ages 5 to 10:  Poisonings in this age group occur when children try to clean with household products.  Often these accidental poisonings are never reported to poison control centers for social reasons and because exposure is generally not as severe as in the first group.  Additionally, delayed health reactions are usually not associated with the initial triggering event.
  • Ages 8 to 18:  "Huffing" or sniffing household products to get high:  one out of five children try huffing by the time they reach the eight grade.  This group is completely unaware that household products are poisonous.
  • Adults:  Misuse is the most common cause of accidental poisoning in this group.  Adults are guilty of failure to read instructions carefully or to take heed of the warning label.
  • Elderly:  Mistaken identity is the accidental poisoning plague of the elderly.  Often they attempt to read labels without their glasses or in the dark, or automatically reach for a medication that has been moved from its usual place only to pick up something else by mistake.  This group is also the most likely not to store products in their original containers.

 

 

 

DISPOSE OF UNNEEDED MEDICATIONS


Safe and timely disposal of unneeded prescription medications, especially 
opioids, has never been more important than it is today.


In addition to keeping these substances out of our water supply, safe disposal of unneeded medication helps to keep drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them. 

Abuse of certain prescription medications, which has led many people into addiction and heroin use, has become a deadly epidemic across the United States. This opioid epidemic is the focus of a major initiative by Attorney General Josh Stein.

Even non-opioid drugs present dangers if kept in a household when they are no longer needed.  They can be ingested accidentally by children or visitors, mistaken for a use they are not intended, etc.  Bring any and all prescription medicine that you no longer need to the Police Department for safe destruction.

The Pineville Police Department has installed a permanent medicine drop box in the lobby of our Department.  There is access to this area 24/7.  Please feel free to bring in your medications and deposit them in the box.  It is a completely anonymous process and will not take you any time at all.

 

 

 

The FBI Charlotte Division, CMPD, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and the Chiefs of Pineville, Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, and Mint Hill have joined forces to educate students to Think Before You Post, in an effort to eliminate the posting of hoax threats to institutions.  Law enforcement officers spend countless hours investigating threats to determine their credibility.  Schools lose precious learning time responding to these threats.  And most importantly, a young person can ruin their future by making a hoax school threat.

What Should you Do to Help?


  • Don't ever post or send any hoax threats....period!
  • If you are a target of an online threat, alert your local law enforcement immediately.
  • If you see a threat of violence posted on social media, immediately contact local law enforcement or your local FBI office.
  • Notify authorities, but don't share or forward the threat until law enforcement has had a chance to investigate - this can spread misinformation and cause panic.
  • If you are a parent or family member, know that some young people post these threats online as a cry for attention or as a way to get revenge or exert control.  Talk to your child about the proper outlet for their stress or other emotions, and explain the importance of responsible social media use and the consequences of posting hoax threats.

 

 

 704-889-TIPS

 

The Pineville Police Department has set up a dedicated phone line that will allow community members  to report criminal activity anonymously.  These tips can be related to any kind of criminal activity, not just drug complaints.  You will not be required to provide your name or telephone number when reporting suspicious or criminal activity.  

 

 

KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED

 


According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), a motor vehicle is broken into ever 45 seconds in the United States.  40 to 50% of these thefts are caused by owner error (leaving a car unlocked).  Whenever you vacate your car, whether it is to run into a store, drop by a friend's house, or park it at home for the night be sure to lock your car.

 

 

 

 

The Pineville town-wide speed limit is 35 mph, unless otherwise noted.  The speed limit is 20 mph on Main Street.  The Pineville Police Department will be strictly enforcing these limits.  Be sure to observe the posted limits if you do not wish to receive a ticket.

 

 



Dial 911 for
Emergencies

Pineville Police
427 Main Street
Pineville, NC 28134

Non-Emergency:
(704)-889-2231

Anonymous Tip Line:

704-889 TIPS (704-889-8477)