Drug Take Back Day Highlights Prescription Abuse
Roseville, CA- Abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medication is increasing among high school freshmen in western Placer County. A recent survey of local high school students completed by the Coalition for Placer Youth (CPY) shows that, from 2009 to 2012, rates of recent prescription drug use (within the last 30 days) among 9th graders increased by 2 percent, and rates of recent over-the-counter drug use increased by an alarming 17 percent. Additionally, 60 percent of 9th graders said they feel they are less likely to get caught using prescription drugs as compared with other drugs.
The same survey shows a more encouraging 2 percent decrease in rates of recent prescription drug use among 11th graders. However, no change was seen from 2009 to 2012 in the 7 percent rate of last-30-days over-the-counter drug use among 11th graders.
Safe disposal of unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs is key to preventing abuse. October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and CPY encourages parents to talk to their children and teens about the risks of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse, to be aware of how much medication is in their home, and to safely discard or lock up and monitor all prescription and over-the-counter medications in their home. The most commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three categories: Opioids (pain relievers), depressants and stimulants. Over-the-counter medications like cough syrup and acetaminophen are also commonly abused and have harmful side-effects when taken in excess. Besides the health risks, unsecured medications create a risk of being stolen and resold.
Drug Take-Back Event
CPY, working in collaboration with Placer County law enforcement agencies and local high schools, is offering safe disposal of unused medications to Placer County residents at a series of Rx Take Back events:
Saturday, October 26, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11 Western Placer County Locations:
- Auburn and Colfax City Hall
- Lincoln Police Department
- Sierra College
- Area High Schools: Antelope, Del Oro, Granite Bay, Oakmont, Roseville, Whitney, and Woodcreek
For more information and addresses of locations visit: www.CoalitionForPlacerYouth.org.
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