Family and Consumer Sciences: Trying to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse

By Tamara Thomas Published:

This week The Partnership at Drugfree.org is launching the Medicine Abuse Project, a multi-year effort to raise public awareness about and curb prescription drug abuse. Most of us will take a prescription medication at some point in our lives. It’s important to remember that medicine a doctor prescribes you is only intended for your use.

Here are some tips for safely storing medication:

>Keep all medications and vitamins in a safe location, away from small children, who might mistake it for candy, and out of sight of others, who might want to abuse it.

>Keep medicines in a container or box that can be locked. Make sure to put the key in a separate, secure place.

>Always remember to put your medicines back in their storage container after each use. Make sure all medicine bottle caps are secure.

Sometimes you have leftover medication. One of the safest ways to properly dispose of medication is through take-back programs, which give individuals an opportunity to bring their unused medication to a central location for proper disposal.

Franklin County will host a take back day on Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Franklin County Public Health Center, 859 East-West Connector. For questions you may contact the health department at 564-5559.

If you do not have a community drug take-back program, follow these guidelines to ensure safe disposal at your home:

>Remove prescriptions from their original container.

>Mix drugs with a substance that would be undesirable to people and animals. Good examples would be cat litter or coffee grounds. If the medication is a liquid, dilute it with water. If the medication is in pill form, crush and dilute it with water.

>Put the mixture into a disposable container or plastic bag, seal and place in the trash.

>Remove or cover all personal information on the prescription bottle before recycling or throwing it away.

More information about the Medicine Abuse Project is available at http:///www.drugfree.org.

Sources: Dr. Trish Freeman, UK clinical associate professor of pharmacy, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Upcoming classes and workshops

Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be held at the Franklin Count Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct. Pre-registration is required so drop by or call the office, 695-9035.

Basket Weaving: Weaving for Holiday Gifting Workshop, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 5 p.m. Come make beautiful baskets to keep or give as gifts for Christmas. Cost: $225 that includes all materials. Participants will make five large baskets in four sessions. Call office to see if space remains. Registration form and pictures can be found at ces.ca.uky.edu/franklin/familyconsumersciences or come by the office to pick one up.

Head Start Moms Night: fourth Thursday each month, Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Beef Basics: Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m. Chef Tanya Priddy of the Capital Plaza Hotel will share ways of preparing beef. Agents Keenan Bishop and Tamera Thomas will provide latest information about the various cuts and purchasing beef. Call the office to register.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19 5:00pm., 7:30 p.m. Pre-register by Thursday, Sept. 27.

Where Does Your Money Go?: Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 5:30-7, free. Learn how to manage your money, pay off debt and save for the future.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, & Alzheimer’s Disease, Oct. 24, 9:30-11:30, light lunch provided. Pre-registration required by Oct. 18.

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