Do you have old prescriptions lay around? If so, the sheriffs' offices in Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties have 24/7 drop boxes in which you can place your old or unused prescriptions. Most of the towns' police departments in the three counties also have means available to get rid of those bottles of pills.
Saturday is National Take-Back, at which time you are welcomed at most law enforcement facilities to dispose of your prescriptions. Don't take the chance on your children or grandchildren "borrowing" a couple of pills. Too many times, this is how prescription drug abuse begins. Every day, about 2,500 youth are trying their first painkiller for a high. The thinking is it must be OK; a doctor prescribed it.
Remember, teenaged youth have "invincibility syndrome," and it's up to all of us to help them survive those years until their brain matures enough to truly understand real dangers. Begin with a conversation on the three R's of prescription drugs:
Respect the power of medicine and use it properly.
Recognize risks are always present when taking medications and know those risks increase with misuse and abuse.
Responsibility must be taken to learn about proper use of a prescribed medication. Take responsibility for seeking help at the first sign of a problem, whether it's for a friend or yourself.
This information came from the Know! program of Drug-Free Action Alliance.
Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of drug abuse. If you would like to learn more, call Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties at (419) 448-0640. The board's office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Nancy Cochran, executive director