Medication Safety in the Era of a Rising Opioid Crisis
Parkway School District partnered with Alliance for Healthy Communities in the production of a town hall event focused on the rising tide of opioid and heroin abuse, addiction and overdose. The town hall, held on March 22 at Parkway Central High School, included a wide range of speakers and information. Among the topics emphasized was a Call to Action that offered specific information about how community members can contribute to increasing household, neighborhood and community safety specific to the challenges and risks associated with opioid medications. The following is a brief list of the main points shared in the Call to Action. The documents attached contain additional details.
Household Medication Management
- Intended Person, Intended Purpose- limit use to the patient for the reason intended.
- Have the Conversation- clearly discuss the expectations and limits of medicine use.
- Strengthen your Skills as a Consumer- Is this medicine, this much, necessary? Options?
- Out of Sight, Out of Reach- Safely store medications in a lock box or similar locking container.
Medication Disposal- DO NOT throw in trash or flush down the toilet!
- Deterra Kits- Small quantity, in home neutralization and disposal. Available through Alliance for Healthy Communities.
- 24- Hour Medication Drop Boxes– Available at area police departments.
- Semi-annual Medication Take-Backs– Spring and Fall of each year. Next date April 29, 2017.
Neighborhood and Community
- Spread the Word- about the drop-box and take-back services. Help elderly relatives or neighbors get to the drop boxes or take-back events.
- Get Involved- Participate with Alliance for Healthy Communities, ahc-stl.org, the local community coalition working to reduce drug abuse and its consequences. Monthly meetings are each first Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 in the Parkway Central Middle School library.
- If You See Something, Say Something- If you observe circumstances in which the safety and welfare of youth is in question, report it. If possible, speak directly to the family of the young person(s) involved or call 911. The call you make may very well prevent a tragedy.
- Advocate- Your voice and actions matter! Urge your political representatives to pass legislation that protects youth, families and communities from the ravages of drug abuse and addiction.