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EDH Community Vision Coalition Collaborates with Sheriff on National Rx Drug Take-back Day
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EDH Community Vision Coalition Collaborates with Sheriff on National Rx Drug Take-back Day

On Saturday, April 30, the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition “for safe, healthy and drug-free youth” collaborated with the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office for National Rx Drug Take-back Day.  The event took place at the Sheriff’s substation at Town Center between 10 am and 2 pm during which time over 5 trash-can size containers of prescription drugs were turned in for proper disposal. 

Reducing access to prescription drugs is a major strategy for the Coalition.  Prior to the Drug Enforcement Agency organizing this national event, the Coalition hosted two similar events and has been promoting awareness about the increasing epidemic of prescription drug abuse among teens. “We know that teens are primarily finding the drugs in unlocked medicine cabinets in the homes of their families, friends and neighbors”, said DJ Peterson, Executive Director of the EDH Community Vision Coalition.  “We also know that they are sharing or selling them to other teenagers and the result has been lethal for at least two young adults in El Dorado Hills in the last year and a half.”

Bryan Golmitz, PIO for El Dorado Sheriff’s Office, commented, “We are pleased to help prevent and reduce the illegal use of Prescription drugs. Law enforcement agencies and the Federal DEA throughout the nation have agreed that this is a serious problem and are working together with community organizations like the EDH Vision Coalition to do something about it.  Sheriff D’Agostini attended the event to show his personal support to save lives through this important program. He is committed to doing his part to make a difference.”

The Coalition is working to make Rx drug collection a convenient and routine activity by placing a permanent, secure drop box in local pharmacies.  Patrons can deposit their prescription drugs while shopping or waiting to fill a new prescription.  The Sheriff’s Office has agreed to partner with the Coalition by routinely collecting and disposing of discarded prescriptions.

“We have approached all of our local pharmacies in El Dorado Hills including Target, CVS, Raley’s and Safeway to host an approved drug collection bin and we are now awaiting approval”, says Peterson.  “While this is a fairly new idea, it is only a matter of time before Rx Collection Bins are common country-wide.” 

Additionally, the non-profit Coalition is petitioning organizations and individuals for donations to help purchase the bins which cost about $800.  For more information, visit their website at www.edhVisionCoalition.org or call 916-941-8482. 

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