Douglas County steps up drug abuse prevention efforts

SUPERIOR — With mailings and installations, the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services has focused on drug abuse prevention this spring. The first initiative, small black bags with a big message, landed in roughly 22,000 mailboxes countywide.

The Deterra bags are intended to raise awareness, protect the environment and prevent drug abuse.

“Putting those bags into the hands of residents is an evidence-based approach to helping people reduce the possibility of accidentally taking the wrong medication, overdosing on medication, and just bringing to light how important it is not to have these medications floating around,” said Deputy Director Dave Longsdorf.