October 23, 2019
From October 23rd to October 31st, we
observe Red Ribbon Week.
Launched in the early 1980s, the Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest
and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching over 80 million
people each year. This year’s theme is: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free. According
to the Red Ribbon Campaign, the theme “encourages you to speak out in support
of healthy choices and provides a reminder that by staying drug free, you are
sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself,
your overall health, your community, and your future.”
This week, the Utah Attorney General’s Office encourages you
to send the literal message. Talk to those around you, your kids, family, and
friends. Prevention starts when you start talking. Children of parents who talk
to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than
those who don’t.
The AG’s Office also encourages you to secure your medications
and properly dispose of any that are unused or expired.
Check out the links below for ideas on what else you can do during Red Ribbon Week.
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Friday, April 19, 2019
The Utah Attorney General’s office encourages Utahns to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Utah Take Back, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, provides the opportunity to dispose of unused prescriptions on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations statewide.
Find a take-back site near you at www.utahtakeback.org.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Additionally, eco-friendly reclamation bags donated at no cost to the state will be available for distribution from take-back locations.
The following items can be returned:
- prescription medicines;
- over the counter medicines;
- pet medication;
- medicated ointments and lotions;
- liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers (up to 12 oz); and
- medicine samples.
The following items are not returnable:
- needles, lancets, or syringes;
- aerosol cans;
- empty containers;
- bloody or infectious waste;
- personal care products (i.e. non-medicated shampoo);
- hydrogen peroxide; and
- business waste.
For advice on the safe disposal of these items, contact your pharmacist, local health department, or call 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9235).
It’s Red Ribbon Week!
Launched in the early 1980s, with the help of the wonderful Nancy Reagan, the Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. This year’s theme is “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” and the hope is to mobilize teachers, parents, and communities to help create a drug-free future.
The most important thing we can do? EDUCATE!
The Red Ribbon Campaign provides some great curriculum ideas for each grade and an online course for high school students on prescription drugs.
START HERE: here are two things you can do today!
- Talk to your kids about the dangers of drugs – particularly opioids – and the importance of staying drug-free.
- Secure your medication, take inventory and properly dispose of unused or expired medication.
FYI: Click the image below for a brief look at The Red Ribbon Campaign.