D.A.R.T. meets to speak about prescription drug abuse in teens
Pictured are front row (L-R) – Troy Police Chief Jeff Taylor, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, Sheriff John Cottle, Major Ray Floyd Narcotics Enforcement Team, Rep. Ed Schieffer, Joy Lillard Assistant Principal of Troy Buchanan High School, Lisa Sitler Health Department, Mark Penny R-III Superintendent. Front row (L-R) – Beth Sailors and Kristen Bengtson, both from Preferred Family healthcare.
On Thursday, August 29, Lincoln County’s drug and alcohol, reduction team (D.A.R.T) held a meeting with Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and Rep. Ed Schieffer to discuss some of the information that they had received since doing studies in the area regarding drug and alcohol abuse in the youth. Just two years ago synthetic drugs, such as bath salts, were the leading problems in the area with many small businesses selling them to kids. Now, schoolagers have turned to something easier to get their hands on…prescription drugs. Prescription drug use in the area has been increasing at alarming rates and the D.A.R.T. team has been coming up with solutions to this situation.
There are currently annual Take Back Nights where prescription drugs that are no longer needed can be properly disposed of, but many people don’t know that the Sheriffs office has a drop off location 24/7 to dispose of unwanted drugs.
The main goal of the meeting was to be able to attain more information on federal and state funding that can help D.A.R.T. establish a better way to get information to the public. They also discussed the possibilities of having a stricter system in place so multiple doctors couldn’t prescribe the same drug to a patient. This has been a way that many users stock their supply.
The D.A.R.T. team will be working towards ways to better educate caregivers of the dangers that people can face if they get a hold of prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them. Talk of lockboxes for prescription medication was well perceived as well as locked medicine cabinets. Everyone is encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off unwanted medicine at the Lincoln County Sheriffs office.