Prescription drug drop set for June 29 in Newton
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Fire Department and the Youth Prevention Awareness Coalition will host a drive-thru prescription drug drop from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Newton Fire Department.
There are more than 3 million prescription drug abusers in the United States, and teens abuse prescription drugs more than any illicit drug except marijuana. One third of all new abusers of prescription drugs are 12 to 17 years old and prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12 to 13 year olds.
“Prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse is a growing problem because the drugs are easy to get, easy to use and cause addiction,” said Amy Blasius, prevention specialist at employee and Family Resources.
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