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Thank you Val Halla Golf Course for hosting our Senior Citizen Prescription Drug Safety event this morning! Cumberland Police Department Lieutenant Milton Calder and Casco Bay CAN Director Beth Blakeman-Pohl present information on how to track, lock and dispose of drugs properly at the Tea & Talk.

Drug Take Back Day A Success!

Saturday, April 30th was National Drug Take-Back Day and Maine collected 31,960 pounds of expired and unwanted drugs. Casco Bay CAN’s service area has drug drop off boxes at the Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport and Yarmouth Police Stations where you can bring your unwanted or expired drugs at anytime.

 

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Shown above: Kevin Calder of Chebeague Island drops off his prescription drugs at the Cumberland Police Department during Drug Take-Back day.

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Shown above: Mike McManus of the Freeport Police Department collected 356 pounds of expired and unwanted drugs.

Breaking Points Documentary

This short-film documentary will explore the incredible stress and pressure that teens face today, and the sometimes unhealthy ways they cope with that stress. To learn more about how to view the full 30 minute documentary, click here.

Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday!

This Saturday, April 30, from 10am – 2pm is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Yarmouth and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will all participate.

More information can be found here on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can be found here: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Hear this NPR story and read more about why teens can’t always control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions.

Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse highlights parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.

NIDA family checkup

Opioid Abuse Could Be Costing Employers as Much as $8 Billion Annually

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids writes, “Employees who abuse opioids cost employers almost twice as much in healthcare expenses on average, compared with workers who don’t abuse opioids, the report found. The average healthcare cost for employees who abuse opioids is $19,450, compared with $10,853 for employees who do not abuse opioids.”

Click here to read the full article

Senior Citizens: Prescription Drug Safety Events

Please join us for one of our upcoming Senior Citizens: Prescription Drug Safety events! Casco Bay CAN and Law Enforcement representatives will present information on how to track, lock and dispose of drugs properly. Shown below and pictured left: Random attendee’s will win a free prescription drug lock bottle. Pictured right: Seniors attend the Yarmouth Prescription Drug Safety event and hear from Lieutenant Dean Perry and Casco Bay CAN Director Beth Blakeman-Pohl.

Upcoming presentations:

Gray/New Gloucester: April 13th at 11am Gray Library, 5 Hancock Street
Falmouth: April 13th at 2pm OceanView at Falmouth, 3 Marion Way
Freeport: April 14th at 11am Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street
Pownal: April 28th at 12noon First Parish Church, 461 Elmwood Rd
Cumberland/North Yarmouth: May 12th at 9:30am Val Halla Golf Course, 60 Val Halla Rd

Rx Drug Safety Bottle Beth and Dean Yarmouth 2016

Prescription Drugs: Street Names, Side Effects and Characteristics

Learn from the Medicine Abuse Project about prescription and over-the-counter drugs that teens are most commonly abusing, including what they look like, their street or slang names, how they’re taken and what the potential side effects are.

Click here to learn more.