Drugs in your medicine cabinet? How about a half-used prescription?
Don’t know what to do with them to get rid of them?
A Prescription Drug Dump will be held Saturday in Grove and Jay to collect unused prescription drugs from area residents. And, the first 114 people will get rewarded for it.
In an effort to get prescription drugs off the streets in Delaware County, members of Grove Community Action Network (Grove CAN) will be holding the Prescription Drug Dump.
The Grove drop-off will be located at the Grove Civic Center from 8 a.m. to noon. The Jay drop-off will be at the community center. While there will be an refreshments available and a gift card given to those that participate (while supplies last), residents don’t even have to get out of their car if they don’t want to.
The abuse of prescription drugs are a major concern to law enforcement officials due to their misuse my teens.
Grove CAN recently compiled a study that shows that almost 30 percent of Grove 10th grade students surveyed said they used prescription drugs.
“I want to get as many prescriptions off the street as possible, said Grove Police Chief Mark Morris. “The more we can get out of the hands of kids, the less we have to deal with here.”
Morris said prescription drugs seem to be more prevalent then marijuana or methamphetamine.
Research has found that many young people that abuse prescription drugs acquire them from their own home medicine cabinet or from their grandparents' medicine cabinet.
One of the most abused drugs is OxyContin, a painkiller prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain resulting from injuries, bursitis, neuralgia, arthritis, and cancer.
“They will use anything from birth control pills to anti-depressants,” said Morris. “Of course pain killers are huge.”
The Grove Police Department will be collecting the drugs in Grove and Jay Police Department will collect the drugs in Jay. The pills will be counted with equipment and by personnel from the Claremore Police Department and will then be transported to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in Tahlequah.
The event has the support of a number of area law enforcement organizations, businesses and churches including:
the Grove Police Department, Claremore Police Department, Grove Parent Teachers Organization, Rib Crib, Walgrreens, Wal-Mart, Harps, Stage, Charlie’s Chicken, Becky’s Embroidery, Factory Connection, DCCP, Arby’s, ROCMND Services, Sharps, Grove Church of Christ, Sonic Subway, Taco Mayo, Pizza Hut and Lowes.
Grove CAN director Chuck Pearce says that Nearly 7 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs—more than the number who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy, and inhalants, combined. He also noted that Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors admits to abusing powerful prescription painkillers. A shocking 40 percent of teens and an almost equal number of their parents