Rx Drug Abuse Response
In an effort to address increased opioid use among Freeborn County youth, the Coalition has implemented: Take It To the Box
Our Coalition developed a permanent medication disposal program in cooperation with local law enforcement to reduce youth access to commonly abused prescription medication. Aptly named “Take It To The Box” or “The Drug Drop Box”, collection receptacles are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To date, Take It To The Box has collected and disposed over 11 tons of unwanted medication. In addition to safe disposal, Take It To The Box also promotes safe use and safe storage of medication.
Drop-off boxes are located in the lobbies of the police departments in Faribault and Northfield, plus the Rice County Sheriff’s office.
- Freeborn County Government Center near the main entrance to the Law Enforcement Center
In addition to reducing access to prescription drugs, the Coalition works with local law enforcement, emergency responders, treatment providers, pharmacies and physicians to promote the use of naloxone (Narcan). In 2014, Steve’s Law was signed by the Minnesota State Legislature, enabling first responders to carry naloxone, a life-saving drug used to reverse opiate overdose. In addition, Steve’s Law offers legal protection for anyone who witnesses a drug overdose if they call 911, stay on scene and participate in answering questions from law enforcement. The Coalition has promoted “Don’t Run, Call 911” through community posters and student education. The Coalition is available to provide training for first responders here in Freeborn County in collaboration with the Rummler Foundation for community members seeking a nalaxone prescription. The Coalition is continuing to work on physician education and is working with clinics to educate the public about obtaining naloxone.
For more information on prescription drug abuse, Take It To The Box or efforts around naloxone and Steve’s Law, contact us.