prescription drug prevention and control
According to local police and the Lake Winnebago Area metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG), pharmaceutical drugs have been identified as a problem of huge proportion in our community resulting in decreased public safety, crime, addiction and death. re:TH!NK has taken action by opting to conduct strategies that will build skills in the community and also change the physical environment.
public service announcements on prescription drugs
re:TH!NK has partnered with the Crime Prevention Practitioners Association, Haese Films and local youth to spread the word on the harms of Prescription Drug abuse. Watch for these PSA's to run on local TV and at Marcus Cinemas beginning in November through the holiday movie season. Thanks to all who made this effort possible.
Stages of Life
Our workgroup assembled a community DVD/CD toolkit entitled Good Drugs Gone Bad that includes ready made presentations, PSA's, handouts, statistics, and edgy video footage of the prescription drug abuse problem. The entire toolkit is also available on our website.
re:TH!NK, along with several community partners, holds "train-the-trainer" workshops attended by key youth presenters in schools, prevention and law enforcement and continues to promote this toolkit as an easy to use mechanism for presentation creation. Contact us if you are interested in receiving support to organize your own presentation.
addressing access and availability
re:TH!NK partnered with local stakeholders to address the point of disposal for prescription drugs. We implemented two DEA approved permanent drug drop boxes which can be used 24/7/365. One is located in the Oshkosh Police Department (420 Jackson St, Oshkosh) and the other is located in the Neenah Police Department (2111 Marathon Ave, Neenah).
We recognize that available pharmaceuticals in medicine cabinets can lead to substance abuse, addiction, crime, public safety concerns, and/or death. Inappropriate disposal of drugs can contaminate our water supply. We are pleased to be part of the promotion of a disposal site where citizens can toss unwanted or outdated prescriptions in a safe and secure manner.
Visit www.co.winnebago.wi.us/health/drug-drop for more information.
For more information about re:TH!NK's Drug Prevention Committee, contact