An Accidental Dealer is someone who unknowingly allows others to access their meds because they fail to see the harm in an unlocked medicine chest or med bag. Their children can get into their scripts. Their neighbors could get into their meds. That unfettered access just might be the first step in a life of drug addiction and crime. Something as simple as securing your meds can be very important in preventing your children from stepping down the very ugly and life-threatening road of drug addiction, crime, and all the other bad things that come with it. How much more important is it when you have large stocks of emergency prescriptions in your home?
Lock up your meds and your med preps, folks. The life you save may be your child's.
McCreary County Record wrote:
Operation UNITE launches prescription awareness campaign
By JANIE SLAVEN News Editor The McCreary County Record Tue Jan 25, 2011, 01:05 PM EST
WHITLEY CITY — A University of Kentucky study has shown rural teenagers in Kentucky are 26 percent more likely to abuse prescription drugs than those living in urban areas.
The study — spearheaded by epidemiology professor Dr. Jennifer Havens — looked at data from 17,872 participants ages 12 to 17 in the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Indicating that 13 percent of rural teens have used prescription drugs recreationally, it showed those teens are getting pills from medicine cabinets in their home.
That finding has prompted Operation UNITE to launch the Accidental Drug Dealer Community Campaign, a three-month program designed to inform communities about prescription drug abuse through town hall-style meetings and public service announcements.
Locally the campaign will be organized through Champions/UNITE for a Drug Free McCreary County. The coalition held a training meeting last Thursday led by Brandy Wilson, who noted that the average age of first-time drug abuse in eastern Kentucky is about 11 years old.
“I think this program can be very beneficial to parents and grandparents,” she said.
Organizers hope to give a 30-minute presentation to at least three civic groups among other activities and cap the campaign with a county-wide “Pill Dragon” event. The “dragon” is a mobile incinerator which safely disposes of unused or outdated medications.
Anyone interested in participating in the campaign should attend the next Champions meeting this Friday at noon in the SCC-McCreary Center conference room.
To learn more about the the campaign, contact Sunshine Canada at sunshine.canada@ mccreary.kyschools.us or Roger Owens at 606-376-9346, or visit the UNITE website at http://www.operationunite.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.
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