Prescription Drug Abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic.Woman in Med cab - web

Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe these substances are safer than other drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. Addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic is not only a top priority for JM4C, it will also help build a safer, healthier Janesville community.

Mercy Mall Drug Drop Box

JM4C’s Prescription Drug Abuse Plan:

Education – A crucial first step in tackling the problem of prescription drug abuse is to educate parents, youth, older adults, community members and the medical community about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and steps to take for proper storage and disposal of prescription drugs.  JM4C coalition members have committed to conducting “Good Drugs Gone Bad” presentations throughout the community.  If you or your employer is interested in hosting a free presentation, contact JM4C at (608) 741-2105.

Proper Medicine Disposal – To decrease the number of unused and unwanted medicines in the home, JM4C will support and advocate for the use of Janesville’s 3 drug drop boxes located at the Janesville Police Department (100 N. Jackson St.).

Enforcement – JM4C will continue to support law enforcement efforts to reduce prescription drug misuse.  This includes encouraging the use of Janesville’s Crimestopper Tip Line.

What you can do:

Properly dispose of all medication by using one of Janesville’s Drug Drop Boxes.  No matter who you are you can help address this issue in your home.

Talk to your kids.  It’s important that our children learn about the use and abuse of prescription drugs.  For tips on talking to teenagers, Talk to Your Kids About Prescription Drug Abuse – Not Worth the Risk is a helpful resource.