PLYMOUTH – Plymouth County Outreach is pleased to announce that a successful drug take-back event took place this past weekend.
On Saturday, October 23, PCO hosted the event in conjunction with the Plymouth Police Department, the Plymouth Fire Department, the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative (PYDC) and the Plymouth Area Prevention Collaborative.
The Medication Take Back event was held at the Plymouth Police Department as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The Plymouth Fire Department collected sharps during the event and PYDC had a resource table with prevention resources.
A total of 41 pounds of prescription drugs, 41 vapes and a large barrel of sharps were collected, and nine Naloxone (Narcan) kits, 36 resource bags, 53 Deterra kits, two harm reduction kits, and 15 Fentanyl test strips have been distributed.
“We want to express our gratitude to the participants of the event as well as to the members of the community who took the time to clean their medicine cabinets and get rid of the medicines they no longer wanted or needed”, said Vicky Butler, director of the Plymouth County outreach program. “It was great not only to collect these drugs, but also to distribute important resources and kits to community members. ”
The Plymouth Area Prevention Collaborative also set up a ‘hidden from view’ exhibit at the event, which is a teenage bedroom demonstration simulation for teens that helps parents / guardians identify signs of behavioral behavior. risk. The exhibit opens the door to conversations about substance use and other important issues that can arise among young people.
In addition, “hidden in plain sight” is not intended to frighten parents / guardians, but to provide them with information and education on how to have meaningful conversations with young people.
“It’s great to be able to partner with so many different agencies for these events,” said PYDC program coordinator Kelly Macomber. “While people often believe that teens are experimenting with prescription drugs through a street vendor’s access point, young people often report that their access point is a friend from the medicine cabinet at the family, which makes events like this so critical. “
About Medication Take-Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a critical public safety and health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people abused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people abused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people abused prescription painkillers. abused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of the abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
For more information on eliminating prescription drugs, on Take Back Day, or for full results from previous Take Back Day events, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.