OXFORD, PA — October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Jennersville Hospital – Tower Health is partnering with Oxford Borough Police Department to educate the community about the importance of properly disposing of medications and to encourage the removal of unnecessary medications from their homes. On Saturday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to noon community members can participate in a drive-thru medication take-back event. The event will take place at the Oxford Borough Police Department, 57 N. 4th Street.
According to the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, one in five high school students have abused prescription drugs, and 75% of those who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends or relatives. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, each day, almost 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for prescription opioid abuse.
“The Oxford Police Department has always taken a proactive stance to this opioid crisis,” said Corporal Scott Brown, Oxford Police Department. “Prior to the national spotlight, the department supported, and participated in numerous community-related events attempting to educate our residents about its relevance even within our small community. We have had a med-drop-box within our station since April 2014 and to date, have collected and destroyed more than 1636 pounds of dangerous drugs from residents emptying their medicine cabinets.”
Corporal Brown also stated “Our entire agency was trained in the use of Naloxone (NARCAN) beginning in 2015, and nearly every Officer in the department has provided this life-saving treatment at some point during their patrol. Unfortunately, we are still responding to fatal overdoses, and personally see the impact it has on everyone involved.”
“The opioid crisis is an epidemic that affects everyone. Often, our patients start feeling better and don’t need to finish all of their prescription pain medications. This leaves medication sitting in drawers, medicine cabinets, and even personal vehicles. Opiate addiction is such a powerful disease that exposure to even left-over medication can result in a relapse, propagation of addiction, or overdose and death. Removal of unfinished medication from an individual’s residence can go a long way to preventing this,’ said Joshua Simon, MD, Medical Director, Jennersville Hospital Emergency Department.
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is focused on early intervention which is shown to help prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur. Proper medication management and disposal are crucial to combat our communities ongoing opioid battle.
For more information on this event, please contact Lisa Arnold, [email protected], Community Wellness Manager, Jennersville Hospital.
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