Have You Heard About the Drug Terminator?

The Eden City police department in Rockingham County, NC recently bought a Drug Terminator.  It is an incinerator that instantly burns the drugs instead of them going to a landfill or shipped away for disposal. County leaders decided to do it on site to save money.  The county first urged people to dispose of prescription drugs through Project Lazarus eight years ago after a high number of deaths and injuries related to prescription drugs. Click HERE for more on this story

6 Coalitions Awarded DFC Grant to Address Youth Substance Use

White House Drug Policy Office announced Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, to communities across the country.  The grants will provide local communities funding to prevent youth substance use and support the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which treats our Nation’s drug problem through a balanced public health and safety approach. The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate youth and adult participation at the community level in local youth drug use prevention efforts.  Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business…

Carteret County Working to Reduce Rx Drug Diversion

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas announced in May the undercover drug operation called “Operation Pill Crusher,” which targeted illegal sales and diversion of prescription drugs and other illegal drugs. More than 80 people have been charged as part of the sales.  In the months ahead of the operation, detectives made hundreds of controlled purchases from over 100 drug dealers operating in Carteret County. “Prescription drug diversion results in increased criminal activity and drug addiction and this is one of the major challenges we face in Carteret County,” said Sheriff Asa Buck about last week’s convictions….

DEA Expands Controlled Substance Take Back

As of today, October 9th,  DEA will allow the transfer of unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal.  Authorized collectors will include:  manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy.  Additionally, long-term-care facilities will do the same on behalf of residents or former residents of their facilities. “These new regulations will expand the public’s options to safely and responsibly dispose of unused or unwanted medications,” said DEA Administrator Leonhart.  “The new rules will allow for around-the-clock, simple solutions to this ongoing problem.  Now everyone can easily play a…

Burlington Working on Prescription Drugs Abuse

As prescription drug abuse continues to grow in North Carolina and across the country, one local police department is opening permanent drop boxes to help people get rid of unwanted medicine. Jennifer Kaffenberger has made it her mission to educate people about the dangers of taking other peoples’ medicine. In 2011, her son, Harry Cohen, was the star quarterback at Burlington’s Williams High School. Cohen accidentally overdosed and died after taking his grandmother’s methadone pain medication. “When people think of overdose, they think ‘Oh, he took the whole bottle’ or ‘He took it because he wanted to get high,’” Kaffenberger…

DEA Placement of Tramadol Into Schedule IV

Tramadol is an opioid analgesic and is most commonly abused by those addicted to narcotics, chronic pain patients, and health professionals.  Tramadol was approved for marketing in the United States as a noncontrolled analgesic in 1995 under the trade name of Ultram®.  Until recently, it had remained an uncontrolled substance.  Starting August 18, 2014, tramadol is now a schedule IV controlled substance, and will be regulated as such moving forward. Supporters of this ruling have been concerned about the abuse potential and have referred to tramadol as a ” ‘loop hole’ drug which is addictive, abused and diverted, but which…

CADCA Launches Prevent Rx Abuse Online Toolkit

CADCA’s Online Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit contains facts, strategies and tools to prevent and reduce teen Rx medicine abuse in your community.  This newly revised toolkit is based on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change.  Incorporating these strategies will help you formulate, modify and implement your prevention and intervention strategies. Click on the image to check it out!

NC Communities Discussing Rx Drug Abuse

Representatives from the Lee County Department of Social Services, Central Carolina Hospital and Emergency Medical Services, a number of treatment and medical centers and various faith and community organizations came together to discuss the problems of overdose and prescription pill abuse facing Lee County. This meeting included a presentation about the different populations affected by prescription drug abuse and overdose and stressed that a combined effort across all spheres of a community was necessary to prevent accidental overdose death. Click HERE for more information.      

NC Pregnancy and Opioid Exposure Professional Education Needs

Information and guidance is being sought to develop a North Carolina educational tool kit for multi-disciplinary professionals about pregnancy and opioid exposure. You are invited to participate in an anonymous electronic survey of professionals working with women of childbearing age who may be taking opioids (ex. methadone, buprenorphine, vicodin, oxycontin, or heroin), to determine the educational needs of professionals on this topic.  No personally identifiable information will be recorded. Click here to participate in this important effort and for additional information about this study

Join the Partnership at Drugfree.org in Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse

Join in the effort to increase Congressional support for reducing prescription drug abuse. There is a group in Congress that works to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse and to advance treatment, prevention, law enforcement and research policy solutions at the federal level.  Right now only 26 of the 435 Members of Congress are members of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. Click here to find out ways to help #EndMedicineAbuse