Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community
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Drug Abuse Task Force
“Since 1999, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled, and opioid prescriptions have increased markedly – almost enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills. Yet the amount of pain reported by Americans has not changed. Now, nearly 2 million people in America have a prescription opioid use disorder, contributing to increased heroin use and the spread of HIV and hepatitis C.” Turn the Tide Rx​
  
Accomplishments of the Task Force
 
  • Four Medicine Drop Boxes located in at the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Police, Mebane Police and the Elon University Police Departments.    
  • All local law enforcement agencies carry naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose.    
  • Provide education on best practices in prescribing pain medicine
  • Three community forums on the Opioid Crisis.
  • Provision of medicine lock boxes to members of the community
  • On-going community education and awareness including implementing Lock Your Meds, a social media campaign
      


      
The mission of the Alamance Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force is to work through a community collaborative to promote the reduction of prescription, over the counter and other related illegal drug abuse in Alamance County by working together to initiate, coordinate and implement prevention and education efforts. 
  
 
Prescription Drug Misuse

Prescription and over the counter medication safety is a critical factor to our community’s health. Prescription and medicine abuse can be explained, in part, with the ease of access in the home.  In a recent Elon University poll conducted with 744 individuals in the county who were over the age of 18, 64% admitted to not locking up prescription medications in their homes. In addition, anecdotally we know that many believe that because prescription and over the counter medicines are legal, it must be safer because it is prescribed by a doctor and dispensed or sold at pharmacies or stores.  Locally, there is growing concern that this category of drug abuse will continue to rise with the increase of opioid overdoses. Data shows that the number one cause of injury death in Alamance County for people ages 15-34 is unintentional poisonings where the clear majority of these are drug or medication-related. (N.C. Injury and Violence Prevention Branch).

ACDFC has organized community partners to provide two community forums to raise awareness on this issue and develop strategies to impact the problem. It has also provided training to parents, youth, and older adults, facilitated the installation of four permanent medication drop boxes in local police departments, assisted with the provision of training to local prescribers on safe prescribing practices for pain medication, supported medication take back programs and conducted a comprehensive county prescription opioid assessment. Like the Community Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking, the formation of the Alamance County Rx. Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force brings an array of sectors to the table to develop strategies that address prescription and over the counter medicine safety in the community. 
  
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