Saturday, April 29, 2017 is National Drug Take Back Day, organized by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and community organizations to collect unused or expired medications in the home. This nation-wide initiative is a community response to drug addiction among youth who have easy access to addictive prescription medications at home.
In their cyber-powered peer communities, youth are exposed to a lot of chronic stress and anxiety, and the use of drugs and alcohol can seem like a very normal and acceptable way to cope. Brain science tells us that adolescent brain is still developing and is especially vulnerable to addiction. In one 2015 local student survey, almost 30% of eleventh graders reported easy access to prescription drugs and almost 40% reported easy access to over the counter medication.
Because one of the contributing factors to teen addiction is ease of access to drugs and alcohol, parents and grandparents can help by making sure that that all medications in the home are locked up or properly disposed of. A recent report states that Placer County had 852 opioid prescriptions for every 1000 residents (Placer County Health & Human Services, 2013).
Christina Ivazes is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Placer Youth, a grass roots collaboration funded by a Drug Free Communities grant focused on youth substance abuse prevention strategy. “One of the most important things we can do as a community is to limit ease of access for our youth,” she said. “To that end, we encourage families to lock up and properly dispose of their medications in the home and this includes all marijuana/cannabis products. Since Fall of 2010, our county efforts have already removed 50,000 pounds of unwanted medications from Placer County.”
On Saturday, April 29, the 11 safe and convenient drop-off locations below are available in Western Placer County from 10am to 2pm:
- Del Oro High School 3301 Taylor Rd.
- Granite Bay Granite Bay High School 1 Grizzly Way
- Lincoln Police Dept. 770 7th St.
- Rocklin Police Dept. 4080 Rocklin Rd.
- Whitney High School 701 Wildcat Blvd.
- Auburn City Hall 1225 Lincoln Way
- Justice Center, DeWitt 2929 Richardson Dr.
- Colfax: PCSO Substation 10 Culver St.
- Roseville Maidu Community Center – Korean War Memorial 1550 Maidu Drive
- Roseville High School 1 Tiger Way
- Sun City – Roseville 7050 Del Web Blvd.
To learn more about prevention strategy and for tips on having conversations with your teen about drugs and alcohol, go to: Coalition for Placer Youth www.coalitionforplaceryouth.org or contact Christina Ivazes at CIvazes@placer.ca.gov
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