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2 Vision “Healthier Children Today, Healthier Community Tomorrow” Mission To decrease substance abuse among youth and adults in our community.

3 Who we are?  Parents  Law enforcement  Business owners  Government Officials  Civic or volunteer groups  Other community members  Youth  Schools  Health care professionals  Religious organizations  Media  Youth Serving organizations

4 Prescription for a Safe Community Campaign

5 Annual Drug Drop

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8 Permanent Drug Drop Open 24 hours 7 Days a Week First free standing drug depository in Wisconsin

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10 Total Medications Collected  Annual Drug Drop =2243 lbs of medication disposed  Permanent Drug Drop opened Nov. 11, = 2875 lbs of medication disposed Total estimate amount of pills disposed= 4,350,300 pills

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12 AODA 8 th, 10 th and 11 th Grade Student Survey  In % of students reported fairly easy/very easy to get prescription drugs and in 2010 it has decreased to 45% Expulsions: Prescription Drug Misuse  8 students ( )  7 students ( )  6 students ( )  0 students ( )

13 Education in Schools & Community  Educational Parent Letter sent home with students in School Districts within the County  Media Campaign including Posters in schools and communities Inserts with prescription medications Radio PSA’s and interviews Table tents Information in local newspapers, newsletters, church bulletins  Middle School 6 th grade curriculum

14 PRESCRIPTION AND OVER-THE- COUNTER MEDICATION SAFETY FOR 6 TH GRADERS STAAND STAAND Students Taking Action Against Negative Decisions Students Taking Action Against Negative Decisions

15 Prescription (Rx) and Over the Counter (OTC) Medications Knowing the facts could save your education…and maybe even your life!

16 Over the Counter Medication…  Any medication that is available to buy without a doctor’s prescription (written permission).  Over the counter medication can be bought at your local pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations or any other businesses.  It is used to treat headaches, sore muscles, cramps, sprains, colds, the flu, sleep problems and even problems staying awake.

17 Prescription Medication… o Prescription medication is any medication that is prescribed or ordered by a doctor and has to be picked up at a pharmacy. o Prescription medication cannot legally be purchased or obtained without a doctor’s prescription (written permission). o Prescription medication is used to treat high blood pressure, pain, sleep problems, ADD/ADHD, depression and other illnesses or medical needs.

18 NO DRUG IS SAFE WHEN ABUSED! o Prescription and over the counter medications, when misused or abused, are as dangerous and sometimes more dangerous than street drugs, such as cocaine or heroin. o Emergency room visits related to the nonmedical use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, increased 21 percent from 2004 to 2005 (DAWN Network, 2005: National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits).

19 Case Scenario: April 2009: 15 year-old Whitefish Bay High School Freshman, Madison Kiefer, died from an accidental overdose of 2 prescription medications.

20 Giving, Sharing or Selling… o Giving or Sharing means handing some or all of your medication or someone else’s medication to another person for free. o Selling means giving or sharing some or all of your medication or someone else’s medication with another person in exchange for money or other items.

21 What does it mean to deal drugs or be a drug dealer? YOU are a dealer if you… o Give o Share o Sell Any medication, over the counter or prescription, to another person any time.

22 Why you don’t give, share or sell your medication or take someone else's: Because even if you are BFFs, you do NOT know… o Medical history o Allergies or other reactions to medications o How the medication is going to effect them or you (it IS different for everyone) o Interactions with other medications

23 School (Hours, Property, Activities & Policies) School hours and activities include: o any activity that occurs before, during or after school and is: On school grounds On the school bus During a school athletic activity At a school concert On a school field trip At a school dance During any school-related activity If you are not sure, ask an adult in your school…

24 When is it ok to use prescription or over the counter medication at school? It is ok to take prescription or over the counter medication at school ONLY WHEN:  You have written doctor and parent permission and your doctor and parents have completed, signed and turned in a special medication form from your school.  You keep the medications in a safe place in the school office where they are given to you only under the supervision of a trained school staff member.

25 What happens if I don’t follow the school rules? o Suspension: In-school suspension means you are at school, but you are not able to stay in your class with your friends. Usually, you have to sit in the office or in another room and complete your school work for the day. Out-of school suspension means you may not come to school or be on school grounds for a couple of days but you are still responsible for school work. o Expulsion: You may not come to school, be on school grounds or participate in any school activities at all and you lose the right to receive your education at school. Your parents will need to find another way for you to receive your education.

26 Can there be a legal consequence? Legal Consequences vary depending on what is decided by the court. Possibilities include: o Fines o Community Service o Jail Time

27 C ase Scenario: July 2010: Matthew Laughrin was sentenced to 12 years in prison for Second-Degree Reckless Homicide in connection with Madison Keifer’s death.

28 What Can I Do?  Do not give, share or sell your medications or anyone else’s medications to another person.  Do not take medications unless you have permission from your parent and doctor and are being supervised by an adult.  If someone tries to give, share or sell you their medication, tell an adult immediately.  Share the information you learned today with your parent(s) or another adult. (Handout)  Be Safe! Medications can be helpful when used properly!

29 Review  Differences and Similarities of Prescription Medication, Over the Counter Medication and Street Drugs  What is the difference between giving/sharing, selling and dealing drugs.  School rules related to prescription and over the counter medications  Consequences for not following school rules related to prescription and over the counter medications  Potential Legal Consequences for giving/sharing or selling medication.  What can you do?

30 Janet Lloyd Drug Free Communities Grant Coordinator ext Chris Christensen ATODA Program Grant Coordinator ext


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