Police concerned about clothing meant to sell and hide drugs
(12/1/2017) - The Argentine Township police chief is seeing an increase in the number of overdoses this year.
"Over the last 18 months, we've had a spike in overdoses,” Argentine Police Chief Daniel Allen said.
Officers are doing what they can to adapt to the challenging culture of selling drugs.
Allen says a simple number like 710 has meaning for selling drugs because flipped over it says OIL, which is implied to be a high concentration of THC.
The most recent data from the Center for Disease Control shows opioids killed more than 33,000 people. This number is more than any year on record.
Allen said his officers are looking out for a particular type of clothing when they're in the process of a lawful police stop. He says he'll look out for "No Bad Ideas" clothing, which is marked by the metal crown logo.
That style of hat has a hidden compartment.
"It's a beanie, but it's advertised as having the stash compartment,” Allen said.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows from 1999 to 2016 the total opioid overdose deaths jumped more than 17 times in Michigan. More than 2,300 people died of drug overdoses in the state last year.
Allen's department is taking an extra step to reduce more deaths in the community. This week his office installed a drug drop-off box so people can discard old or unused medication.
Someone "who cleans out their medicine cabinet and wants to get rid of their prescription medications like Norco or Vicodin, then they can do it here,” Allen said.