Dave Bachmann Tells How His Excess Prescription Drug Collection Idea Got Noticed by the DEA and How Jack Franks Dropped the Ball

Yesterday I posted a story about the Huntley Police Department’s participating in in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug collection program. Crystal Lake is, too. Maybe there are other local police departments who have signed on as drop off points that I don’t know about.

In the Huntley article, I noted that the first place I heard of the idea was from David Bachmann in his first email to McHenry Count Blog on his coroner’s candidacy.

Then, the idea popped up in New Jersey under the sponsorship of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

This is the kind of publicity Jack Franks missed out on: Photo displays meds turned in under the OMC program on 11-14-2009. L to R: Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey- announcing the Operation Medicine Cabinet, Angelo Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for Drug Free New Jersey, and Mary Pat Angelini, Assemblywomen, 11 District, New Jersey Assembly

What I find most interesting is that when Bachmann took his idea to Democratic State Rep. Jack Franks, Franks did nothing with it.

Considering his constant need to have publicity, it is rather amazing to me that Franks did not jump on this idea.

Instead, he told Bachmann to draft a bill.  As a former legislator of sixteen years, may I suggest that is a disingenuous kiss off.   The minimum Franks should have done was to point Bachmann to the Legislative Reference Bureau, which drafts bills for legislators.

Don’t believe me?

Here’s the email to Bachmann:

Friday, June 27, 2008, 1:44 PM

Dear Mr. Bachmann

I have researched your legislation proposal about requiring police officers to dispose of unused prescription drugs when they respond to a death call.

State Rep. Franks urges you to draft a bill for consideration on this important issue. No legislator has submitted a bill like this in the 95th General Assembly. If you have any further questions, please call me.

Thank you,
Jake Smallhorn
Legislative Assistant
Jack Franks

And, here is the final contact from Franks’ office to Bachmann on the subject:

To: “david bachmann”
Date: Monday, June 30, 2008, 1:50 PM

Jack let me know today that he would like to see a draft of a bill so I sent off a request today to have the legislation drafted. Our office should be taking care of it. Sorry if there was any confusion.

Thanks,
Jake

Under yesterday’s article Bachmann has left the following comments.

09/15/2010 at 3:52 pm (Edit)

Thank you.

Today’s decision by many McHenry County Law Enforcement Entities to help safely ‘Dispose’ of these dangerous medications, is an outstanding moment for all ‘In Home’ health care workers, and, for our school system.

I’ve always believed that the ‘Hospice’ workers needed protection from any possible claims of wrong doing as it may relate to narcotic pain medication disposal and the like.

I’ve strongly believed that our children should not have clear access to these medications which are visibly showing up within the walls of our schools.

I am a chronic pain suffer myself due to many, many surgeries. Although I carefully and faithfully remain under the care of professional ‘Pain Management’ medical teams, I constantly tell my children that narcotic pain medications have no place outside the direct supervision of licensed physicians who specialize in ‘Pain Management’ Medical Care.

To be sure, when properly utilized, these medications are a blessing and help those who might otherwise be bedridden for life, find comfort from debilitating pain. I am such a blessed person.

What I have never spoken about prior to this moment, is that I had in fact, taken the Video that can be found on YouTube, that was made during my campaign, and sent it to Federal Authorities.

I also met an “Author” named Alan Jacobson who has been most helpful in my own quest to publish my first book. Alan has direct connections to the DEA and FBI powers that be. You can see why by visiting Alan’s web site.

From there, things grew and grew. First in Newark, NJ, then on and on.
Now, finally home to McHenry County.

The most interesting part of my journey regarding this important program, was that I literally dropped it upon the lap of Democratic State Representative Jack Franks. My emails to Jack Franks office affirm my assertion.

Additionally, I have email correspondence from Jack Franks office stating that NEVER BEFORE, is Illinois Legislative history, has ANYBODY introduced such a bill before.

I thought from that email, Jack would have taken the many, many hours of time I gave to his office explaining the details of such a program.

Sadly, it never happened.

This program well could have become Illinois Law some time ago and McHenry County could have been the first in the entire nation to adopt such a “Bill” and implement such a vital program.

I’ve learned many things through this political process.

First, is that I do not like politics.

When I depended upon a State Representative to help me, I got nowhere.

I sought the help of people I’d had never met before who had no Political advantage in helping me, and we see what has come full circle.

Thank you to all in McHenry County Law Enforcement who are working hard and putting in extra duty to protect our kids and our health care workers!

“Sometimes,” just “Sometimes,” a guy with a big mouth wins. Today is a victory for “We, The People!”

Later, he added the following comments about Marlene Lantz, the Republican woman who beat him in the fall election:

09/15/2010 at 5:24 pm (Edit)

Quickly, then I will be still………

I want to thank McHenry County Coroner Marlene Lantz. I know Coroner Lantz has been dedicated to this cause and I’m certain she has been working hard with the home health care workers she and her staff work so closely with each and everyday.

It takes a team to get things done. Sometimes ‘teams’ stand on opposite sides of the field. We all seek “Victory!”

Thanks Coroner Lantz for your dedication and service on this “Mission.”


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