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 by following the Medication Safety Tips below:
- Store all medications in a locked container to help combat prescription drug abuse and prevent young children from getting into it (includes vitamins, eye drops and medicated creams).
- Do not share your medication.
- Always follow your medical provider’s instructions.
- Be a good role model with your own medication.
- Properly conceal and dispose old or unused medication.
- 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.
- Talk with your children about the risks of misusing prescription and over-the-counter medications. Students have told us that their parents are one of the most believable sources of information about the risks of using drugs (Source: 2016 Student Social Norms Surveys).
Learn more at Lock Your Meds.
Ways to properly dispose of your old or unused medications in Lincoln County
Utilize one of three Free Medication Drop Boxes:
- Lobby of the Merrill Police Department located at 1004 E. First Street in Merrill Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This drop box was funded through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) 2011 Prescription Drug Grant
- Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center, 1205 O’Day Street in Merrill Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1205 O’Day St. Merrill, WI. The kiosks are part of a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin to help curb prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin.
- Lobby of the Tomahawk Police Department located at 219 West Somo Avenue in Tomahawk is available 24/7. Call 715-453-2121 to coordinate drop off.
Guidelines for Medication Drop Boxes:
- Bring medications in original containers; remove or block out all personal information.
- Do not bring needles, syringes, IV bags, or radioactive chemo-therapy medications.
Utilize the alternative disposal bottle option:
Bottles are available through the county, including pharmacies, Police Departments, and the UW-Extension office. Place unwanted pills in bottle which contains Quikrete. Then add enough water to make a pancake consistency. Mix and let harden. Once hardened replace cap and discard entire container in trash.
Bottles are provided by the Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition in cooperation with members of the community who help in funding and assembling bottles.
Straight Forward: The Truth About Addiction is a documentary featuring in-depth interviews with young Wisconsinites fighting to recover their lives and futures from addictions that, in most cases, involved opioids. WisconsinEye produced the documentary to be used in middle and high schools in Wisconsin, with related curriculum and discussion guides.
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:
Local Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
You can also search for a Treatment Center in your area by going to https://www.treatment-centers.net/
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.
The Recovery Village – Recovery Village is an organization dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. It is our philosophy that all individuals with the desire and ability to seek treatment are provided with the highest quality care for very reasonable rates. We currently have multiple locations and plan for continual expansion. Additionally, they have educational resource by hosting helpful articles and blog posts to increase understanding and awareness of addiction-a disease that affects so many.