National Night Out • 10/02/2018

National Night Out • 10/02/2018

LCAHY educated the public about National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month during Bluffton Police Department’s National Night Out event.

LCAHY board members talked about safe disposal of prescription drugs, LCAHY’s new drop box site, and provided a fact card with questions to ask one’s doctor if prescribed an opioid drug.  Meanwhile, LCAHY’s youth coalition, Teens for Healthy Youth (THY), face painting children to provide an opportunity for a local pharmacist and THY members to talk to parents about keeping prescription medication out of the hands of youth. Youth passed out information to parents and grandparents that encouraged families to plan to properly store and dispose of their medications.

A positive outcome of the event was that the mayor asked LCAHY to speak about the opioid crisis and to provide an opioid fact card that could be given out during an upcoming town meeting. Also, a local police officer took the resources provided to distribute on calls related to opioid issues.   The event also created a greater awareness of THY and LCAHY and allowed for networking with other organizations laying the ground work for future collaborations within the community.

Local CVS pharmacist and LCAHY board member educates public on properly securing medications at home and properly disposing of medications during October National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.

Teens for Healthy Youth members face paint kids, while local pharmacists educated the community on locking up medications and proper disposal of medication.

Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) member educates parents and grandparents on safe storage of prescription drugs and creates awareness about the youth coalition at community event.

While children are getting their faces painted at Bluffton Police Department National Night Out, Teens for Healthy Youth members have an opportunity to educate parents and grandparents about safe medicine storage.