Disposal of unwanted narcotics
The Carlisle Police Department would like to remind the residents of Carlisle that they stand ready to help dispose of unwanted drugs. There are specific ways in which they can help to handle this important task. You may dispose of your unused drugs in disposal stations inside of the front lobby of the police station, to prevent the narcotics from falling into the wrong hands. This is part of the Middlesex Drug Take Back Program, in order to remove unwanted prescription drugs and keep them away from children and the water supply. There are two drug disposal stations in the Police Station lobby. The large one is clearly marked with easy to read signs to direct you to what is allowed in and what is not. All prescription drugs, as well as vitamins, gels and pet medicine are allowed. The disposal station does not accept needles, inhalers or liquids. The second station is a small box attached to the wall which is designed only for needles.
If you are in need of drug disposing, but would rather complete the task at your own residence, you may pick up a Medical Disposal Pouch at the Police Station. This is a simple to use container for unwanted drugs that can be disposed of in your own home. The directions are clearly labeled on the back of the pouch, although it is simple as just adding water to the pouch and shaking it up. Then simply dispose of the filled pouch in your normal trash can. If you need assistance with this process, an officer can be sent to your home to assist you. The pouches can hold up to 90 pills, 12 oz. of liquid or 12 prescription patches. Needles are not allowed in the pouches. The officers are not allowed to pick up and transport any narcotics that you may have.
If you would like more information about these services, contact the Police Department at 978-369-1155 or stop by the station.
Notice of town board vacancies
The Carlisle Board of Selectmen is seeking volunteers to serve on the following town boards and committees. If you are interested in serving on any of these committee please submit a letter of interest to the Town Administrator’s Office, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle or email to: TownHall@Carlislema.gov.
Vacancies include: Affordable Housing Trust, Audit Committee, Board of Registrars (must be enrolled in one of the two leading political parties of the Town), Celebrations Committee, Energy Task Force, Finance Committee, Historical Commission, Municipal Facilities Committee, Pathways II Committee, River Stewardship Council, Youth Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition, the Board of Health seeks volunteers to serve on the Lyme Disease and Water Quality Subcommittees.
Do you have a File of Life?
“File Of Life” kits for Carlisle seniors are available at the COA office at Town Hall. In an emergency, the “File Of Life” card enables emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to obtain a quick medical history and vital personal information when a patient is unable to offer it.
The card, which is kept in a red plastic pocket labeled “File of Life,” lists the patient’s name, emergency contacts, health insurance policy and social security number, health conditions, medications including dosages, allergies, recent surgeries, religion, doctor’s name and whether or not there is a health care proxy or living will.
For more information about the “File of Life” program, call 1-978-371-2895.
Sign up for RUOK®
If you live alone, you may want to sign up for the free RUOK® Telephone Reassurance System. The system will call you at the predetermined time you request. When you answer, you’ll hear a short pre-recorded call message from the COA. If you don’t pick up after several tries, the police will personally try to reach you, and if there is still no reply they will stop by and check on you at home. This system has saved lives. Call the Council on Aging to sign up at 1-978-371-2895.
Police have drug disposal bags
The Carlisle Police now have drug disposal bags. Residents who want to dispose of bags but don’t want to use the station’s disposal container are welcome to pick up a bag or have one delivered to them. Pills are placed in the bag and water is added, which mixes with a chemical inside the lining of the bag, rendering the pills unusable. Chief of Police John Fisher said that residents are still able to deposit pills and sharps at the Police Station.
New emergency services available
The Carlisle Police Department is pleased to offer a new service to Carlisle residents. We added two new forms to our website that will provide contact information in case of emergency, titled ICE Forms on our website.
The first ICE form allows Carlisle parents or guardians to designate adults that may be contacted in the event they are unavailable to get home to their children. The “need” for this type of contact information was the idea of a Carlisle parent when they read an article about a mother (not from Carlisle) involved in a car crash on her way home from work. The mother was unconscious as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision, her children were elementary school aged and did not know where they could go or whom to call when the police arrived at their home. While the need for this information may not involve a case as dire as the one noted, there may be a variety of reasons a Carlisle parent or guardian may want the police to know who is authorized to be with or pick up their children in the event of an emergency. The information will be stored at the police department and only used in the event of an emergency.
The second ICE Form is for any adult who wants to leave similar directives. The form collects the adult’s information and then provides the space to list the cell, work and home contact information for other adults that the resident would like contacted in the event of an emergency when they are not able to provide it to the police. There have been recent cases where the Carlisle Police had no contact person for a Carlisle resident who became incapacitated at home.
Residents are encouraged to look at the forms by going to the town’s website at www.carlislema.gov, choosing the Police tab under Public Safety, finding the Downloadable Forms tab, and then looking at the ICE forms. If interested, fill in the desired form (both forms are in fillable format) and email, mail or drop off the forms.
Be a Mosquito friend
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