Safe disposal of prescription drugs offered in Wood County – BG Independent News
The 2022 Wood County Youth Survey Biennial Report indicated increased levels of painkiller abuse among survey participants in grades 7-12. In response, the Wood County Prevention Coalition (WCPC)/Drug-free Communities Grant County Addiction Response Collaborative (ARC) and Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) grants coordinator to begin addressing the issue.
“Access to expired and unwanted prescription drugs is a root cause of youth addiction, drug overdoses and accidental poisonings,” Bradley noted.
Madison Weilnau, program coordinator, and Sheriff’s Deputy Kaleb Smith developed a “Safe Disposal of Medication” presentation and presented it March 1 at WCCOA Bowling Green.
WCPC provided courtesy magnets with the addresses of six drug drop boxes located throughout Wood County as well as free Deterra packets to those in attendance. Deterra is a herbal product that deactivates medications safely and quickly at home. The recent WCPC video provides additional information on this.
The presentation was well received to the point that WCCOA representatives invited ARC and WCPC to present it three more times in the future: Thursday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m. on the WCCOA Rossford site; Monday, May 23 at 12:30 p.m. on the WCCOA Wayne site; and Wednesday, June 29 at 12:30 p.m. on the WCCOA Walbridge site. For more information on these presentations, call 419-353-5661.
To learn more about the work of Wood County ARC, call 419-373-3900. To request your free Deterra packages, contact Bradley at the above email address.