By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016
Dawn Holland, Project Director for Drug Free Communities, and Amy Graham, Project Director for Cherokee Nations Partnership for Success.
Fifty-two people die from opioid pain medications every day in the United States. Studies have shown that the Unites States, with less than 5% of the world’s population, consumes 80% of the global supply of opioid drugs.
Oklahoma prescribes more prescription pain killers than most states, and, is one of 12 states that saw its youth drug overdose death rate triple over the past 10 years. Most drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma involve at least one prescription drug.
Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning. Over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, often straight from the medicine cabinet.
From 2010-2014, 63 Rogers County residents died from prescription pain medications, and an additional 83 people suffered non-fatal overdoses from the same medications.
It’s a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet! “Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem, and this is a great opportunity for all of us to help reduce the threat,” says Amy Graham, Project Director for Cherokee Nations Partnership for Success funding in Rogers County. Protect our kids and families by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.
In conjunction with National Rx Take Back Days sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, Rogers County Volunteers for Youth is hosting Prescription Take-Back events in Foyil and Oologah. The Foyil event will be Tuesday, April 19 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Foyil Community Center. The first 50 people to drop medicines will receive a $10 gift card. The Oologah event will be Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the corner of Highways 88 and 169. The first 50 people to drop medicines will receive a $10 gift card. Take unneeded and unused medications to one of these Rogers County sites anytime: Rogers County Sheriff Department, Claremore Police Department, Catoosa Police Department, Inola Police Department and Chelsea Police Department.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.
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