Most Lincoln County youth have not misused prescription drugs. What can you do to help this continue?
You can take steps to limit access to these drugs and help keep your family and friends drug free.
- Note how many pills are in a bottle or pill packet and keep track of refills.
- If you find you have to refill a medication more often than expected, someone may be taking your medication without your knowledge.
- Be a good role model with your own medication.
- Do not share your drugs and always follow your medical provider’s instructions.
- Properly conceal and dispose of old or unused medications (see options below for Lincoln County).
- Ask your friends and family to safeguard their prescriptions drugs as well.
- Talk to your children about the risks of misusing prescription drugs (see resources below).
(Source: Help Stop Prescription Drug Abuse, Ministry Health Care)
Ways to properly dispose of your old or unused medications in Lincoln County include:
- Utilizing collection events when they are held in your community.
- Utilize the Medication Drop Box (no syringes or liquids) offered in the Lobby of the Merrill Police Department located at 1004 E. First Street in Merrill between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No Holiday Drop off. This drop box was funded through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) 2011 Prescription Drug Grant.
- Utilize the Medication Drop Box (no syringes or liquids) offered in the Lobby of the Tomahawk Police Department located at 219 West Somo Avenue in Tomahawk between the hours of 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
- Utilize the alternative disposal method available. Bottles are available through the county, including pharmacies, Police Departments, and the UW-Extension office. Bottles are provided by the Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition in cooperation with members of the community who help in funding and assembling bottles.
Parents and other adults should talk with their children about the risks of misusing medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Students have told us that their parents are one of the most believable sources of information about the risks of using drugs (Source: 2014 Student Social Norms Surveys).
How dangerous and destructive is the abuse of pain relievers? “Chasing the Dragon” is a short documentary of real people addicted to prescription drugs and heroin. In their own words, ordinary people from various walks of life describe the horrors of addiction and how their addiction changed their lives forever. It’s real and disturbing-a wake-up call. This film may help you to save a friend or love one. (Source: US DEA)
An info graphic called “The Deadly Truth About Painkillers” provides updated, and thorough information about the dangers of prescription drugs. (Source: Klein Treatment Centers)
Drug Dangers – Their mission is to spread prescription drug safety and keep the public educated and informed of all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are currently available on the market today.
The Real Facts about Drugs (Source: The National Organization of Students Against Substance Abuse)
Rx Dangers – The purpose of RX Dangers is to educate the American public on current pharmaceutical drugs and devices commonly being used within the United States.
Prescription Drug Addiction – Drug Rehab Connections has many resources available on their site.
A Substance Abuse Guide for Parents – In order to prevent kids from abusing drugs or help them recover from addiction, parents should understand drug addiction and the effects it has on teens. DrugRehab.com has put together this resource for parents.
Looking for help with alcohol and other substance use/abuse?
The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition has developed the following guide listing available resources in our area:
Addiction Center – Addiction Center is not a specific treatment facility, instead we are a free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. Prescription pain medications are some of the most prescribed drugs in America, inviting the highest levels of addiction due to both their potentially euphoric nature and quick development of dependency. There are an estimated 4.7 million people dependent on painkillers nationwide. Addiction Center’s goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different prevention strategies, abuse, and recovery support.
Addiction Resource – Their goal is to make helpful and verifiable information available on substance abuse and addiction rehab and recovery as well as direct you to the best sources of help, including The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
DrugRehab.com – Their mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery.
Drug Rehab Connections – Founded by a group of individuals who know both sides of addiction, their goal is to serve as a starting point to finding individuals and families help that are battling addiction.
ProjectKnow – This website contains resources to help people understand addiction and treatment.