Knox County, OH – Saturday, April 28, 2018, Knox County will be participating in the national Drug Take Back Day. KSAAT, in partnership with our local law enforcement agencies, are pleased to sponsor this collection day for Knox County residents to dispose of their expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications safely. Drop-off locations in Knox County include: Knox County Health Department, Danville Police Department, Centerburg Foster’s Pharmacy and the Fredericktown Police Department.
Drug Take Back Day is vital as many Americans are not aware that medicines left in one’s home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Spring is the perfect time to clean out your cabinets and dispose of your medications in all forms including pills, liquids, creams and inhalers!
If you are unable to make it out Saturday, April 28th, there are 24/7 drop-boxes located at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Fredericktown Police Department and the Mount Vernon Police Department. Collections from these 24/7 drop-boxes remain anonymous and please do not put liquids, inhalers or illegals in the drop-boxes.
We look forward to making our Spring Drug Take Back Day a success!
In October of 2016 I had the opportunity to go to one of KSAAT’s Hidden In Plain Sight events. I knew ahead of time that it was going to be an interactive experience where they set up a mock teenager’s bedroom and ask you to find different items that signal substance abuse or destructive behavior. What I didn’t know was how incredibly eye-opening it would be.
There were about twenty of us there. We split into two groups, one heard the stats about substance abuse while the other got to search the room, then we switched. The stats alone can be a little shocking, at first, but when you look at a screen with numbers, it’s just numbers. When you actually get into the bedroom and start looking around… things get real.
I don’t have any teenagers but I work with students who tell me that, if they wanted to use drugs, they know exactly how they would get them and what they would do to hide it. I always thought it was a little unrealistic to say that, maybe even boastful. Hidden In Plain Sight showed me that they weren’t joking. The amount of ingenuity used to disguise these habits is incredible. It’s literally at their fingertips! Things I would have never guessed, things I knew were odd but couldn’t put a finger on why… it was very revealing.
Some of the parents who attended the meeting I went to were able to get their questions answered and a few even got help from the group on what to do with their teen. There were even law officers there, answering legal questions that came up. They were so helpful!
I’m so glad that KSAAT hosted these events. I’m even more glad to know that they are willing to host them for anyone who wants to learn more. They go into schools and other organizations that work with teens to show them how to look for the signs of substance abuse.
There are two sides to every story. There is a beginning, and there is an end. Both Sides tells the stories of addiction and recovery from both sides: prevention and treatment.