LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College Student Counseling Center is holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Tuesday, April 18, at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the college’s library parking lot, near the campus entrance at 7th Avenue and 5th Street.
The event is free and open to the community and is sponsored by the community coalition Resources Empowering Action for Community Health (REACH), the Lewiston Police Department, and LC State.
Faculty, staff and students, along with community members, can drop off prescription and over-the-counter medications, supplements, vitamins and pet medications, expired or not, during that time. Persons are asked to remove any personal information on the container, but leave the medication information visible. Needles, syringes, inhalers and liquids will not be accepted.
REACH has a mission to promote healthy lifestyles and to reduce harm associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs for young adults aged 18-24. Studies show 70 percent of Idahoans 12 and older who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family. By the time a student is a sophomore in college, nearly half of their classmates are offered the opportunity to abuse a prescription drug, according to the Idaho Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Workgroup.
For more information on Drug Take Back Day, contact Doug Steele, director of the LC State counseling center and health services, at 208-792-2211 or email [email protected].