Monthly Archives June 2020

Addicted in PA | How addiction affects the elderly population

Addiction affects people of all ages—it doesn’t discriminate among race, color, creed or age—today we’re talking about how it affects our elderly population. D.A. Mark Powell explains how seniors fall victim to drug abuse. “Well, in two ways, certainly they can have addiction issues because addiction is non-discriminatory, it affects all ages and as district attorney, I am most concerned with our senior citizens being the target of fraud. And we know that addicts prey on our elderly in order to gain medication, so if you are caring for a loved one, be pro-active in their care with their doctors,
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Medicine disposal kits available

Hayesville Mayor Harry Baughn presents a medicine disposal kit and a medication lock box to Clay County Director of Emergency Services Ricky Lancaster for the county’s paramedicine program. Baughn is a board member for the community prevention coalition, People of Clay Coalition Allies for Recovery and Education. The coalition received 50 of the lock boxes from the N.C. Lock Your Meds program and 100 Deterra Drug Deactivation Systems courtesy of Safe Project to coincide with an educational Facebook Live event taught by Clay County Health Department Health Educator Alex Gilpin. Kings Pharmacy, on Highway 69 south in Hayesville, will be
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CAS Presents Award Noting ASAP’s Effort

BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — The Connecticut Association of Schools has awarded ASAP, the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, the 2020 Distinguished Friend of Education Award, the highest award given by CAS to entities not directly involved in public education. The award was to have been presented to ASAP co-chairs Jeff McKenna and Marla Martin, treasurer Maryanne Van Aken and secretary Natalie Scott on March 16 at the Region 14 Board of Education meeting. The planned presentation was one of hundreds, if not thousands, of area events canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. ASAP was nominated for the prestigious award by Woodbury Middle School
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Drive-thru resource fair addresses recovery

Nicole Brantner doesn’t like to admit it, but the Portage County court system saved her life. Originally from Rootstown, Brantner started using drugs as a teenager. She had been incarcerated at least 18 times, was arrested for trafficking heroin and ended up on felony probation. “I finally turned myself in, did 18 months, and finally got clean through the courts and probation department. My probation officer held me accountable for at least five years and that kept me clean and I could succeed,” Brantner said. “So now we come back to give back from the community that I took from
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SAFE Project’s At-Home Drug Disposal Initiative Rids The U.S. of Nearly One Million Leftover Medications

In June 2020 the nonprofit will mail out 10,000 Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal pouches, more than doubling the campaign goals. WASHINGTON D.C. – June 24, 2020 – SAFE Project, a national nonprofit working to end the addiction epidemic, today released the results from the Gone for GoodTM at-home medication deactivation and disposal campaign. SAFE Project has enabled 10,000 U.S. households to safely and conveniently clean out their medicine cabinets by increasing access to effective at-home disposal options. The initiative aimed to break down barriers to safe disposal due to COVID-19, such as the postponement of DEA Drug Take Back
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Cambria County Drug Coalition teams up with local pharmacies to help folks get rid of unwanted medication

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Cambria County Drug Coalition has teamed up with 15 pharmacies across the county to help folks get rid of unused and unwanted medication. Those Value Drug Pharmacies were given Deterra deactivation pouches that you can put pills, patches or liquid into. The drug coalition says it’s a safe way for you to safely dispose of your medication. “It will tell how to open them up, dispose of them and then they fill it with a little bit of water, they swish it around and then they dispose of it right into their trash.
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Drug coalition, pharmacies team up for medicine take-back

The Cambria County Drug Coalition and more than a dozen Cambria County pharmacies have partnered to distribute pouches that can be used to neutralize unwanted, unused or expired drugs, coalition leaders announced Tuesday. Members of the public can receive Deterra drug deactivation pouches at no cost by visiting the drive-through windows of participating pharmacies through June 10, while supplies last. The pouches have water-soluble inner pods containing what the manufacturer describes as “proprietary MAT12 activated carbon.” Unwanted drugs and warm water are to be added to the pouches; the inner pod dissolves in the warm water, and the carbon then
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Tamaqua Group Partners With Local Businesses For Safe Drug Disposal After National Take Back Day is Postponed

National Drug Take Back Day is typically a time for us to clean out our medicine cabinets and safely drop off unused or expired prescription medications at collection sites in our community. This year’s event was supposed to be Saturday, April 25th, but it has been postponed dur to COVID-19. “We had to think outside the box because the pandemic doesn’t end the substance abuse epidemic,” said Tammy Sienkiewicz, co-founder of Safer Streets For Tamaqua’s Little Feet. This weekend, Safer Streets will team up with three local businesses in place of National Drug Take Back Day. “You could have not
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With increase in overdoses, Hamilton County Coalition launches free drug lockbox program

The Hamilton County Coalition is giving out more than 1,000 medication lockboxes and drug deactivation pouches for free. Camilla Bibbs-Lee, executive director of the coalition, said handing out the lockboxes is part of an effort to keep people safe as they spend more time at home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The program is funded through a grant with Tennessee’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “In this time where a lot of families, especially children and young adults, are around the home more, it’s common for people to be accidental drug dealers,” Bibbs-Lee said in a statement. “Our
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