EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons will talk to senior citizens in Edwardsville to discuss the Lock Your Meds campaign and the importance of properly disposing of and securing prescription medications.
Gibbons will talk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Edwardsville Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville.
As part of Gibbons’ ongoing participation in the Lock Your Meds outreach campaign, he will discuss rising rates of prescription drug abuse and what individuals can do to stop misuse and abuse of prescription medications.
Gibbons, Coroner Steve Nonn and Sheriff Bob Hertz participated in last month’s National Take-Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and collected about 250 pounds of medicine. In eight previous Take-Back Events, more than 4.1 million pounds of pills (2,100 tons) have been collected nationwide. Permanent drop-off sites are located at police departments throughout Madison County, including the Sheriff’s Department, Alton, Bethalto, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Fairmont City, Highland, Maryville and Troy.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.