Knox County, OH – Saturday, October 23, 2021, Knox County participated in the National Drug Take Back Day. We were able to collect 96.04 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medication. Residents also brought in quite a few syringes that were destroyed courtesy of Knox Community Hospital.
Specifically, 70 lbs. were collected in Mount Vernon at Knox Public Health and Conway’s Eastside Pharmacy at the Knox Community Hospital Medical Pavilion, 3.84 lbs. were collected at Centerburg Foster’s Pharmacy, 17.6 lbs. were collected at the Danville Police Department and 4.6 lbs. were collected at the Fredericktown Police Department.
The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) would like to thank the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Fredericktown Police Department, Danville Police Department and the Mount Vernon Police Department for leading each drop-off location as well as the volunteers that donated their time to make this event a success.
If you missed Drug Take Back Day, you can anonymously drop off your medications at any of the year-round drop-boxes. These locations include; the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Fredericktown Police Department, the Danville Police Department (NEW LOCATION), the Mount Vernon Police Department, Rite-Aid-Mount Vernon and CVS-Mount Vernon. To dispose properly, place your medications in a clear Ziploc bag. Please do not put liquids, inhalers or illegals in the drop-boxes.
Residents can also request a free Deterra Drug Deactivation Bag, courtesy of RALI Ohio, by calling Knox Public Health at 740-392-2200 ext.2229.
KSAAT thanks all of you for cleaning out your medicine cabinets to make Knox County safer! We are all a part of the solution.
To learn more about KSAAT visit ksaat.org.
Know! To Balance Work and Play
The lazy days of summer have come and gone, and the school year is full steam ahead. But with our children’s school day followed by homework, sports, music lessons, dance classes, and them wanting to spend time with friends, it’s no wonder many of them are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. While we want to enrich our children’s lives through a wide variety of fun and enjoyable activities, helping them become well-rounded people, we also must help them find balance in their lives and minimize stress. Sometimes this means cutting back on the “extra stuff.”
It's challenging because there are many benefits to the extra stuff, like building self-esteem, discovering self-interests, teaching responsibility, helping to grow friendships, etc. The extra stuff can be good for them, so knowing when it’s too much may not always be that simple.
In an article shared by Synergy Academics, Dr. Jerry Bubrick, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, encourages parents to ask ourselves the following questions to determine if our children are overscheduled:
Those risks include our children:
Figure out how much time your child needs on average, to complete daily and weekend homework. This will vary for every child and planning is key. From there you will know how much time is left in your child’s schedule to dedicate to extracurricular activities, knowing that time may need slight adjustments around school testing, big projects, etc.
To help minimize the stress that surrounds homework, and help your child make the most of their study time, encourage them to follow these simple tips:
Young people are much less likely to feel overwhelmed with school and homework when they’ve taken steps to be prepared, organized, and focused. These steps will also help to free up time to then put toward the extra stuff, like spending much-needed time with their friends, participating in their favorite sports, playing an instrument, taking a dance class, etc.
Of course, there are additional stressors that come with school, as well as extracurriculars, which can overwhelm and exhaust our children. In the tip to follow, we will look at ways to help our children unwind and destress on a regular basis to maintain healthy minds and bodies.
Tips For School Personnel
Are your students overscheduled and stressed out? Pose these questions in the classroom and let your students determine for themselves.
Tell them that if they answered “no” to any of these questions, then they are overscheduled and need to talk to their parents about ways to adjust or cut back.
Synergy Academics: Balancing School and Extracurricular Activities. Oct. 16, 2019.
Eli Terry Jr. Middle School (Terryville, CT): Study and Homework Tips for Middle School Students.
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