2016 Onslow County Red Ribbon Winners
Please join us for a very important Town Hall Meeting in Jones County. Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP) and the Jones County Task Force is co-sponsoring a Town Hall Forum on Thursday, December 8th, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Jones County Civic Center. Matt Knight, NC ALE Special Agent, will be the guest speaker for the event, which is focusing on underage drinking and substance abuse. The event is free and open to the public, and there will be refreshments and give-aways.
PST Smith, Officer Hollowell, Pharmacist Morgan Stroud and Lt. Ronnie Lovick (left to right) collected unused medications at the Operation Medicine Drop event this past Saturday at Realo Discount Drugs in New Bern. More than 55 thousand doses were collected at two Jacksonville Walgreens, with 2,083 of those being controlled substances. Total weight of the substances disposed of in Jacksonville was 105.3 pounds. All medications will be safely destroyed. For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, visit www.ncdoi.com.
Retrieving our H.O.P.E. (Heroin, Opiates, Prevention, Education) of Craven County is a volunteer organization deeply concerned about the impact of substance abuse in our community. Come see how YOU can make a difference! Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Thursday, Oct. 27th, at 7 p.m. at Township 7 Fire Station, 4530 Old Cherry Point Road in New Bern. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Safely dispose of old medications at local Operation Medicine Drop events
Eastern NC – Prescription drug take-back events in Onslow and Craven counties can help you safely destroy old drugs to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. Bring your unused medications to the New Bern Police Department at 601 George Street in downtown New Bern between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. If you live in Onslow County, drop-off locations are at two Jacksonville Walgreens stores: 1600 Gum Branch Road and 359 Western Boulevard.
Local law enforcement in North Carolina will partner with Safe Kids North Carolina and the Drug Enforcement Administration to collect and safely destroy these drugs during Operation Medicine Drop. Safely disposing of old medications through Operation Medicine Drop events instead of flushing them down the drain prevents chemicals from ending up in the water supply.
North Carolinians have safely disposed of more than 61 million total doses at Operation Medicine Drop events since 2009.
Because narcotics and other dangerous drugs are often received at prescription drug take-back events, these events must be overseen by law enforcement officials. Unsecured collection boxes are not permitted. However, secure collection boxes are now available year-round in our communities. Find information about a permanent drop box near you at the CCSAP website: www.ccsap.org.
Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP) is a five-county coalition covering Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow and Pamlico counties. The coalition is working on the 4th year of a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant through the Office of National Drug Control Prevention (ONDCP). Each county has a Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force working within its local communities. Our goals are reducing underage drinking and preventing misuse and abuse of prescription medications for our united vision: creating communities free from substance abuse.
The Project Lazarus public health model is based on the premise that drug overdose deaths are preventable and that all communities are ultimately responsible for their own health. The model components: (1) community activation and coalition building, (2) monitoring and epidemiological surveillance, (3) prevention of overdoses through medical education and other means, (4) use of rescue medication to reverse overdoses by community members, and (5) evaluation of project components. The last four steps operate in a cyclical manner, with community advisory boards playing the central role in developing and designing each aspect of the intervention.
Find out more at www.projectlazarus.org
A new additional to Walgreens pharmacy on Neuse Boulevard in New Bern, NC is a small, metal kiosk that received a lot of attention Wednesday when U.S. Sen. Richard Burr dropped by to talk about its importance in the fight against prescription drug abuse. The kiosks have been installed in 22 Walgreens throughout North Carolina. On Monday, the New Bern Walgreens pharmacy also started providing Naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote administered in the form of a nasal spray or needle that could help a person survive an overdose. Naloxone is now also available without a prescription.
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