Prescription Drug Take Back
The abuse and misuse of prescription and over the counter drugs is a dangerous trend. While prescription and over the counter medications can be beneficial when used appropriately, when abused, they can have serious consequences including death.
In an effort to reduce prescription and over the counter drug abuse, EPIC partners regularly with local police departments and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to host Prescription Drug Take Back Events. Prescription Drug Take Back Events are a great way to safely dispose of medications and these events are typically held locally once in the spring and once in the fall. People may also drop off unneeded medications at any time in the Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Boxes at the Jackson and Cape Girardeau Police Departments.
Many local youth are rising above the pressures to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. We want to hear how! Please visit our youth Facebook page and think of posting a video about what you do to Rise Above the influence!
Its All In Your Hands
EPIC has partnered with a team of students from Southeast Missouri State University to develop the “It’s All in Your Hands – Prevent RX Drug Abuse” project. The goal of this project is to reduce youth abuse of prescription and over the counter medications by educating people about prescription drug abuse and raising awareness of the need for safe disposal of these medications.
The students have created informational materials to raise awareness of the problem and to increase safe disposal by promoting the upcoming Prescription Drug Take Back Day as well as local Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Boxes. There is currently a Drop Box at the Jackson City Police Department and one has been ordered for the Cape City Police Department as well.
YSAPC Poster Contest
In an effort to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse and increase awareness about opportunities for safe-disposal of medications, EPIC (Early Prevention Impacts Community) has hosted its second annual poster contest. The contest was open from the end of February to the middle of March when Cape Girardeau County youth between the ages of 9 and 12 were asked to illustrate the theme “How do you Rise Above Prescription Drug Misuse?” in a poster. EPIC received a total of 71 unique poster entries making it a difficult decision for judges. Winners have been announced, and they received their prizes on Saturday April 6th at the Cape West Park Mall.
The posters are displayed in the West Park Mall by LeBounce Too and will remain up until Friday, April 26th. The following day, April 27th, has been designated a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and local police will be collecting medications for safe disposal from 10am-2pm in Cape Girardeau, at the West Park Mall near Steak and Shake and in Jackson at the police/fire station. If you have unneeded or expired medications, you may turn them in at either location the day of the event, or you may now dispose of your medications on an ongoing basis in one of the two permanent prescription drug drop boxes located at Cape and Jackson City Police Departments.
Thanks to the West Park Mall for displaying the posters and to all of the local businesses who donated prizes for the contest. Finally, another big thank you to the youth who helped raise awareness about this important issue by participating in our poster contest!
Winners of the poster contest included:
1st Place: Henry Kennedy age 10 from Immaculate Conception, winner of a Guitar Rock Hero Game, and Gaming Grounds gift certificate.
2nd Place: Hannah Dodson age 11 from St. Vincent De Paul, winner of free bowling from West Park Lanes, free putt putt from Arena Golf, and Chick-fil-A coupons.
3rd Place: Jade Lutes age 11 from West Lane Elementary, winner of a free movie pass and Chick-fil-A coupons.
For more information about EPIC and our work, visit our website at www.epicprevention.org or contact us at 573-587-1921.