[Pharmwaste] OH Sheriff Indicted

Catherine Zimmer zenllc at usfamily.net
Wed Aug 24 10:32:42 EDT 2016


Hi Ed and all,

Ed, thanks for sending.  

 

I think this news story is indicative that many are susceptible to addiction
to many of these drugs, including law enforcement.  But, it also appears LE
is well positioned to catch the wrong doing.  

 

On another note, as you may know, Prince died of a fentanyl overdose.  But
it is looking like he had some street hydrocodone that was cut with
fentanyl.  Another tragedy due to these drugs.  

 

Very truly yours,

 

Catherine Zimmer, MS, BSMT

Reducing and managing healthcare related waste and costs for fifteen years.


Executive director, HEARRT Midwest

www.hearrtmidwest.wildapricot.org

Principal, Zimmer Environmental Improvement, LLC

St. Paul, MN 

Ph:  651.645.7509

 <mailto:zenllc at usfamily.net> zenllc at usfamily.net

 

From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf
Of Ed Gottlieb
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:12 AM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] OH Sheriff Indicted

 

http://www.thenews-messenger.com/story/news/crime/2016/08/23/grand-jury-meet
ing-to-decide-overmyer-investigation/89194520/

An Ohio Sheriff has been indicted on 43 charges, including 6 counts of theft
of drugs from collection programs.
Though he passed a drug test at some point in the investigation, it seems
that he is addicted to opioids [Twelve counts of deception (doctors and
pharmacists) to obtain a dangerous drug as well as theft charges.]  

It was suspicions about his personally "confiscating" from take back
programs that started the investigation!

"Hamilton O'Brien, the Delaware County prosecutor, was appointed in February
by the state supreme court to oversee the case that came to light after
Overmyer collected the prescription drugs that had been turned in to county
police departments in drug take-back programs.

 

Overmyer came under fire in January 2016 after police chiefs in Sandusky
County voiced concerns over an investigation being conducted by the Ohio
Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the sheriff's collecting of
prescription pills from area police departments.


[http://www.thenews-messenger.com/story/news/local/2016/01/11/police-chiefs-
blast-sheriff-investigation/78622082/]

After Overmyer collected the pills from Bellevue police, a detective with
the department told Sandusky County Sheriff's Office Detective Capt. Sean
O'Connell, who then began to review the collected boxes that had been placed
in evidence at the sheriff's office.

 

During an August 2015 meeting, the Sandusky County Police Chiefs Association
said it was "very suspicious" that Overmyer had collected the pills. The
chiefs requested Ohio BCI to investigate the sheriff for possible
wrongdoing.

 

In January, Overmyer told the News-Messenger
<http://www.thenews-messenger.com/story/news/local/2016/01/19/sheriff-denies
-wrongdoing-feels-betrayed/78994664/>  that he personally collected pills
from the Fremont, Bellevue, Green Springs and Woodville police departments
between April and July as a good-faith effort to promote better
communication among county law enforcement agencies."

 

Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal

Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator

Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street

Ithaca, NY  14850

(607) 273-8381

fax: (607) 273-8433

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