New Rx Campaign: Lock IT. Drop IT. Stop IT.

July 19, 2018

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New Rx Campaign: Lock IT. Drop IT. Stop IT.

On Wednesday, June 14th, the Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette & Menominee Counties were awarded a Rx Campaign grant at the annual Grant Recognition and Scholarship Presentation Ceremony hosted by the M&M Area Community Foundation. The first grant, “Lock it, Drop it, Stop it” was awarded $7,108 to purchase 250 personal prescription lock boxes, medication dissolving bags and drop site magnets, which promote the 5 prescription drug drop box sites at local law enforcement agencies.  Educating our community members about the importance of locking up their medications and proper disposal of expired and unused medications will ensure we are doing our part in helping stop the prescription drug abuse epidemic. All lock boxes, dissolving bags and magnets mentioned above will be provided free of charge thanks to this grant and will be distributed at HYC community events, as well as Bay Area Medical Center’s Pharmacy in Stephenson, MI.

The Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette & Menominee Counties has also partnered with Crivitz Pharmacy to host their “LOCK IT. DROP IT. STOP IT.” campaign to combat prescription drug abuse. Thanks to the “Partnership for Success 2015” Wisconsin State Grant, the coalition received funds to implement a safe disposal and lock up campaign in Marinette County.  Through this effort, personal lock boxes and medication dissolving/deactivation bags are available to all Marinette County residents, free of charge, to lock up their medications. It is also strongly encouraged for those who currently hold a prescription for a narcotic or any other type of medications that are identified as a “high-seeking” medication by abusers. Locking up and disposing of medications is the #1 strategy to decrease abuse in communities, as 54% of abusers reported obtaining their medications from a friend or family member for illegal purposes. Magnets with drop site locations, educational flyers/brochures will also be provided at Crivitz Pharmacy along with the lock boxes and deactivation bags. Community members are highly encouraged to visit the pharmacy to pick up any of these items to help us fight prescription drug abuse in our community.

 

Pictured above: Karianne Lesperance (left) HYC Executive Director and Ezra Gruszynski (right) Pharmacist, Owner

 

Pictured above: Karianne Lesperance (left) HYC Executive Director and Ezra Gruszynski (right) Pharmacist, Owner

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