COMMUNITY HELPS ADDRESS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION ABUSE

COMMUNITY HELPS ADDRESS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION ABUSE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2017

 

 

 

During the last year, the Wood River Valley community disposed of a record breaking 335.67 pounds of prescription medications. This statistic is significant because teen abuse of prescription medications is a serious problem in Blaine County. One in 5 Idaho teens admits to taking a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription.

“By properly disposing prescription medications, our community is actively helping to decrease prescription medication abuse,” said Amber Larna, Executive Director of The Drug Coalition.

Because prescription drugs are prescribed by a physician they are perceived as being safe—but in the wrong hands prescription drugs can be lethal. The proper use, storage, and disposal of medications can correct this problem.

16265383_1182249618489887_9030796597561882440_nTo help end prescription medicine abuse, The Drug Coalition partnered with the Blaine County Sheriff Department, Hailey Police, and BCSD Ketchum Division as well as Luke’s Pharmacy, Apothecary, Atkinson’s Drug Store, Albertsons Pharmacy and St. Luke’s Wood River to establish permanent receptacles for citizens to safely discard unwanted prescription medications. These receptacles are available to the public at the Ketchum Police Department, Hailey Police Department, the Blaine County Sheriff, Luke’s Family Pharmacy, Valley Apothecary, St. Luke’s Wood River, Atkinsons’ Drug Store and Albertsons Pharmacy.

To learn more about how you can safely lock up and dispose of your prescription drugs visit thedrugcoaltion.org or email alarna@thedrugcoalition.org

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The mission of The Drug Coalition is to promote healthy lives by decreasing substance use by youth in Blaine County through innovative programming, community education, and positive policy change.

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Amber Larna, Executive Director, The Drug Coalitionwith the Blaine County Sheriff Dept. & Hailey Police Dept.