Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

Our Coalition is committed to raising public awareness of the risks and consequences of underage drinking and drug abuse, educating the community about current and emerging drug trends, partnering with school districts, building liaisons with decision-makers, parents, the medical and faith communities, as well as law enforcement.

We work to develop, implement and support environmental strategies to reduce substance abuse. We believe by working together, citizens can nurture social and environmental changes to make Williamson County a safer and healthier place, brightening the future of our children, youth and families.

Please join us as we work together to change the perception that underage drinking and the use of tobacco and other drugs are just a “rite of passage”.

LifeSteps Substance Abuse Prevention

            Coalition director: Laurie Born  and  Coalition coordinator: Rosana Sielaff

            For more information or to get involved, contact us at 512-246-9880 or email coalition@lifestepscouncil.org

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 Coalition brochure

Coalition Membership Form      (Please complete and fax to 512-246-9882)

Coalition - Survey on Social Access  (Please, print the survey and fax the result to  512-246-9882)

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WHY SHOULD DISPOSE OF UNUSED AND EXPIRED  MEDICATIONS?medicine-385947_1280

Proper disposal of medication can prevent accidental use or intentional misuse of these drugs. The medicine cabinets of family and friends are a common source for drug abuse.   Research shows that Every day, 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers, and many more become addicted. Also, 1 in 5 teens has used a prescription medication to get high.

There is also concern that medications placed in the trash or flushed down the toilet can contaminate our water supply.

 HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

Place the medication you wish to dispose of in a plastic zip lock bag, and bring them to the take-back drop-off location closest to you. You may leave pills in the original container and put them in a bag or box.

Most of the locations offer drive-thru drop-off, just drive in and handle your bag/box to the volunteers.  In other locations, you may have to park and bring the medications to the drop-off site inside the building.

 WHAT TO BRING?

Unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications from anyone in your household, including pets.

 WHAT NOT TO BRING?

Sharps (needles & syringes), thermometers, IV bags, medical devices or personal care products.

For sharps disposal, please contact: Sharps by Mail  (Houston) – ( 713) 432-0300

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MEDICATIONS AFTER THEY ARE DROPPED OFF?

All drugs collected at Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sites will be incinerated by the local Drug Enforcement Agency.

 HOW TO DISPOSE OF  MEDICATIONS, IF YOU CAN NOT PARTICIPATE ON THE TAKE-BACK DAY?

By the FDA guidelines, you can take the medications out of their original containers and mix them with an  undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds, cayenne pepper or kitty litter, and throw the drugs in the household trash.

Check your local pharmacy. Some locations offer drop-off boxes for non-controlled medications or inquiry about mail return.


 

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   icon-check-square-o   Keep track of your prescription and over-the-counter medications.

    Download a medicine inventory form here.

      Store or lock your medication in a secure place.

      Keep your medication out of sight and out of reach, especially if you have children.

 


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IMPORTANT RESOURCES:

 

TEENS –  Do you know the effects of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs on the body and mind?  Get science-based information about drugs and its consequences.  Get smart!

teens  NIDA for teens – Facts and effects of drugs

Above The Influence – Drug facts

The Cool Spot – Information on alcohol and resisting peer pressure

Just Think Twice - Information about drugs

What is Addiction? –  Understand your brain and risk for addiction

 

PARENTS  are the most powerful influence on their children when it comes to drug use. Get information how to talk with your kids about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.

Get Smart About Drugs – Information about drugs and new trends   parents guide cover

How to Talk To Your Teen About Marijuana – It’s more important than ever for parents to protect their kids’ health and development

Up and Away -  How to keep medication out of sight and mind.

Parents Empowered –  Information about the harmful effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain, along with proven skills for preventing underage alcohol use.

Parent Toolkit – Tips for raising  drug-free kids

Understanding Addiction –  Information about addiction and substance abuse prevention

Recommended books:

How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid by Joseph A. Califano

A Parent’s Guide to Substance Abuse and Addiction 

Blogs:                                                                                                                                                Click here to download this brochure.

 Addiction Blog. org

The Addict’s Mom.com

Videos:

     What Really Happened – Video on Social Access and Alcohol Poisoning

   Compliance Check

   Marijuana – They  Are Back.

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