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PROGRAM

Lock Your Meds

In September 2013, the Falmouth Prevention Partnership launched the Lock Your Meds campaign.

This program promotes the safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs, especially among seniors. The Lock Your Meds campaign includes public education through newspaper, TV and print; informational seminars with seniors and other groups; and meetings with healthcare professionals and pharmacies. Medication lock boxes and promotional material have been purchased through a grant from the Kelley Foundation, Woods Hole Foundation and Cape Cod Heath Care.

Why the Lock Your Meds Campaign is Important

Teens and Rx Pills: Some Disturbing Facts

  • Every day, more than 2,500 teenagers use a prescription medication to get high for the first time!
  • Prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drugs among 12 to 13-year-olds, slightly more than marijuana.
  • There has been a dramatic increase in the number of poisonings and deaths associated with the abuse of prescription drugs. 
  • The Boston area has one of the highest rates of emergency room visits for drug overdoses in the nation. 
  • Of the teens who abused Rx drugs, 1 in 5 did so before age 14.
Rx Pill Abuse


Are You An Inadvertent Drug Dealer? 

70% of teens who abuse Rx drugs get them from a family member or friend!

 

You could be a drug dealer and not even know it: 

Keeping your drugs on the kitchen counter or other open area invites abuse and thefts. Prevent your children from abusing your prescription medications by securing them in places they cannot access.  

What Can I Do?

Purchase a medication lock box to safeguard the medications you need. If you have unused or expired medications get rid of them at the drug disposal kiosk in the lobby of the Falmouth Police Department. Medication lock boxes are available at most local pharmacies and online.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESCRIPTION PILL ABUSE




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