(Canby, OR) - The Student Health Advisory Board at Canby High School, in partnership with Lines for Life, The Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRM), and Dave's Prescription Shop, will unveil a new prescription drug disposal box on Thursday, May 11.
The disposal kiosk is part of the Student Health Advisory Board's "Talk About It" campaign, focused on prescription drug abuse and suicide prevention. Students have been engaging their classmates, teachers, and families in conversations about prescription drug abuse to raise awareness and to prevent unnecessary tragedy.
"I'm really proud of these students," said Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Trevor Lockwood, who is Canby High School's Mental Health/Drug & Alcohol Intervention Specialist. "We know that simply getting our community to talk about these issues can go a long way in preventing tragedy."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who abuse prescription opioids get them from a friend or family member. OrCRM believes that is the reason we need safe, responsible, and convenient ways to dispose of medications. Disposal kiosks help protect the community, prevent drugs from entering waterways, and save lives.
"Law enforcement has shouldered the brunt of this burden by implementing take-back days and disposal kiosks at the police station. Having disposal kiosks available at pharmacies provides an alternative, convenient, and cost-effective method for anyone to dispose of medication," explained Rebecca Wood of OrCRM.
Dave's Prescription Shop is the first pharmacy in Clackamas County to provide this service to the community. Mr. Lockwood and the Student Health Advisory Board were instrumental in the execution of the kiosk's installation.
"If this helps save one life or stops one person from overdosing from prescription drugs, it's all worth it," remarked Mr. Lockwood.
The disposal kiosk at Dave's Prescription Shop will be dedicated on Thursday, May 11, at 2:00 P.M. The Student Health Advisory Board, Lines for Life, and OrCRM will be joined by Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5).