What A Haul!

Milligrams, pounds, what's the difference?

Far be it from me to doubt the efficacy of an FPD program, and so the “GOT DRUGS?” turn-in-your-pills-program we reported about as a helpful PSA must have been a winner.

Here’s the success story as reported, presumably, by FPD spokes-sergeant Andrew Goodrich:

The Department collected approximately 150 pounds of prescription drugs from more than 50 persons.

Gee Willikers! Let’s hope it was a whole lot more than 50 persons. Because that figure would mean an average of three freaking pounds of prescription drugs per person.

Now it could be that the humans of Fullerton are a lot more doped up on Vike and ‘ludes than I might have imagined. Or it could be that the Good Sarge just made up some numbers without even thinking anyone would do the math.

Or maybe nobody bothers to proofread the blurbs on the department’s web page.

 


 

20 Replies to “What A Haul!”

  1. I think you may have hit upon something. The conversion between metric and English is confusing to some.

    1. I concur. It’s gonna take me several minutes to loose my grin
      over gee willikers.

  2. 3 pounds of medication per participant? Once again a completely ridiculous statement from FPD that no doubt so idiot troll on this site will claim is the fault of this blog.

    Think about the statement for a moment and allow it to sink in. Medication is dosed out in milligrams. This guy is talking pounds. Does a CVS pharmacy even have 3 pounds of actual medication on it’s shelves when they are fully stocked? A typo is just that but for goodness sake this reminds me of Doctor Evil demanding a bagillion dollars for ransom.

    This statement is so detached from reality as to be it’s own punch line. If the FPD does not want to be ridiculed they could start by getting a remotely competent person to speak on their behalf once in a while.

  3. But the last thing the FPD wants is someone accurately reporting on their doings, which are in fact worthy of ridicule. Better to have some schlubby front man to take (at least some of) the lumps. It’s a conundrum.

  4. One milligram = .0000022 pounds.

    Sooooooooooo. 450,000 milligrams = a pound. Three pounds would be 1,350,000 milligrams!

    As JFD would say: Sweet Iridescent Jebus! We’ve got some real pill poppers in this town!

    1. 150 pounds would be about 202,500,000 milligrams.

      Or 1446 milligrams for every man, woman and child in Fullerton.

      You’re right. What a haul!

  5. Cops always like to include the weight of the packaging when citing a quantity of drugs. Even including the little orange pill canisters, that still sounds like a shockingly high number. Whose medicine cabinet would even support that kind of weight?

    1. You raise an interesting point about packaging. I can’t think of anyone dumb enuff to drop off prescription medication in the pharmacy bottle that has your name on it. But without it how did the cops know that what they were collecting was legal or even belonged to the people dropping it off? They either accepted anything or the crap about legal drugs only was nonsense.

      As usual – pure cop bullshit.

  6. Who cares what the drug is. The point is the drugs don’t end up in the ground water or some baby’s mouth.

    1. No, the point is that a government bureaucracy cooked up some bogus statistics to promote its good works. Is there something wrong with your reading comprehension?

  7. “I can’t think of anyone dumb enuff to drop off prescription medication in the pharmacy bottle that has your name on it. But without it how did the cops know that what they were collecting was legal or even belonged to the people dropping it off? They either accepted anything or the crap about legal drugs only was nonsense.”

    On Point, Comprehension is fine…Dumb, Dumb.

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