"Take Back" effort combats drug abuse

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Barry County residents will have an opportunity to help fight teenage drug abuse during a "Take Back" program on Saturday, Nov. 12.

On that day, from 1 to 6 p.m., people can drop off their unused and outdated prescription drugs at three different locations.

The Cassville Community 2000 Coalition will be holding their "Take Back" event at Cassville City Hall, which is located at 300 Main St. The Southwest Coalition of Excellent Decision-makers (SW COED) will hold its event at Washburn City Hall, which is located at 321 Main St., and Exeter High School will be the site of the community of Exeter's "Take Back" opportunity.

"This is a chance for individuals to safely dispose of medications that are no longer being used in order to protect our youth from teen prescription drug abuse and to protect our ground water supplies," said Kati Rose, representing both the SW COED and Community 2000.

Anyone with unused prescriptions can dispose of their medications at any of the three drop-off locations. And participants do not need to live in Barry County to particpate.

The safe prescription disposal event is made possible through funding from the Department of Mental Health Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The effort is also supported by the following community partners: the City of Washburn, the Washburn Police Department, the City of Cassville, the Cassville Police Department, the Exeter Police Department and the Exeter School District.

Prescription drug abuse remains a growing problem among teens. According to surveys conducted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, one in seven teens have abused prescription drugs in the past. Surveys also reveal that teens believe getting prescription drugs is easier than getting illegal drugs, and 63 percent of the teens surveyed say they get their prescription drugs from their home medicine cabinets.

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