In Lycoming County, students are spreading the word about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and are urging people to turn in unused drugs.
The S.A.D.D. chapter at Loyalsock High School is wearing its message about drug prevention.
“Anything that will keep you away from doing drugs is something to go for and will keep you abstaining from engaging in destructive behaviors,” said senior Dylan Rockoff who, like his classmates, was sporting a shirt that said “Find Your Anti-Drug.”
The shirts, made possible by a grant, urge students to find their anti-drug, especially when it comes to prescription drugs which officials claim has been a growing problem among young people.
“Since the drug access is so easy, you don’t have to pay it’s in your cabinet. It’s just as dangerous if not more dangerous,” said senior Morgan Chambers.
That’s where the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative comes in. Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. some police departments such as Williamsport and Montoursville State Police will accept unused pills.
“If they’re not available hopefully that will prohibit folks from getting access to this stuff and maybe prevent their death,” said Lycoming County Coroner Chuck Kiessling.
Kiessling said he has been dealing with prescription drug overdoses at a rate of one-per month and applauds the efforts of the take-back program and the students at Loyalsock High School.
“Just because it’s a prescription drug does not mean it’s safe.”