HCCA works to prevent prescription drug abuse by reducing access to prescription drugs in three ways:
1. Creating opportunities for community members to drop off unused prescription medications by promoting a semi-annual prescription take-back day and supporting use of the prescription drop-boxes at which you can drop prescription meds anytime.
DID YOU KNOW? You can also bring your extra medicine to a medication drop box in your area any day of the week! It is as simple as dropping your medicine into the box shown below - no questions asked. You can find a drop box at the following locations in southern Kennebec County:
Augusta Police Department
Kennebec Sheriff's Office
ME Department of Public Safety
Gardiner Police Department
Winthrop Police Department
2. Supporting efforts for doctors and medical institutions to participate in the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) . The Prescription Monitoring Program keeps track of patients' medications so as to avoid opiate dependence and overdose. For more information on the PMP click here.
3. Raising awareness of the harms of prescription drug abuse. HCCA does this by distributing information about the harms of prescription drug abuse to community partners as well as by partnering with the MaineGeneral Prevention Team to hold HECK of a Problem trainings to inform community members of the effect of prescription drug abuse on Health, the Environment, Crime, and Kids. For more information about HECK trainings click here. To schedule a training contact Kalie Hess at email@example.com.
Naloxone/Narcan is an opiate overdose reversal drug. If you or a family member are at-risk of an opiate overdose, you are legally allowed to get naloxone from your doctor. After giving someone naloxone you MUST seek medical help immediately because the overdose reversal effects only last for 30 minutes with no more medical intervention. Without more medical attention the person experiencing the overdose can slip back into an overdose, so calling 911 is critical! For more information about naloxone, click here.
Watch this video on how to use naloxone and to see an example of what happens when you use it!
For more information about prescription drug abuse prevention in southern Kennebec County, contact Holly Kiidli (firstname.lastname@example.org or 588-5027).