Big bash kicks of summer with anti-drug message

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times

“There’s a lot coming in,” said police officer Bob Rudolph, grabbing a bag of prescription pill bottles turned over to Amherst officers Friday night for destruction. A drug turn-in was part of the Safe Summer Bash at Family Fellowship Church on Cooper Foster Park Road, an effort by police and the Amherst Community Task Force, and we saw a bin quickly fill up with old and unneeded medications. “We want to kick off summer with a fun, safe environment,” said Lt. Mark Cawthon, who is concerned about pervasive heroin problems. “We know it’s in the community. It knows no boundaries. Heroin doesn’t care whether you live in Amherst or Lorain — it doesn’t know the difference.” Visitors to the bash got free hot dogs and drinks, blood pressure and glucose checks by Mercy Parish Nursing, and advice on seeking help for addiction if needed. There were slides and bounce houses, games, and kids got to climb into the seats of fire engines and ambulances.