Opinion: Prescription drug dangers all too real

Pam Slater-Price
District 3 supervisor, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Thank you for publishing the notice about Tuesday’s presentation in Solana Beach on the dangers of prescription drug and heroin abuse among teens.

As the county supervisor representing Solana Beach and surrounding communities, I have seen first-hand the tragic consequences suffered by teens who had considered themselves indestructible.

All too often, the nightmare of drug abuse begins with left-over painkillers or other prescription drugs right from the family’s medicine cabinet.

My office took action on this issue in 2009, organizing the formation of the Oxy Task Force — a consortium of county, state and federal officials — whose mission was to educate the community about the danger of OxyContin and to reduce its supply. The task force recently has expanded to include all prescription drugs.
As we campaign to raise awareness about prescription drug dangers we also have acted to get rid of the drugs themselves. Last year, Sheriff Bill Gore and I authored an ordinance to install 23 prescription drug dropoff boxes at secure locations throughout the county.

Residents can dump prescription and over-the-counter drugs in these receptacles with no questions asked. One of the dropoff boxes can be found at the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station.

We also have hosted take-back days, where I joined sheriff’s deputies and DEA agents in the collection efforts. Our most recent event netted nearly 4,800 pounds of drugs.

These are positive steps, but complacency could invite tragedy. I appreciate Sheriff’s Sgt. David Ross once again working late to inform the community and I applaud parents who are committed to spreading the word about this important issue.

Parents who believe their child might have a drug problem should call the county’s Access and Crisis Line at (800) 479-3339.

Related posts:

  1. Prescription drug collection bins may be installed throughout county
  2. Prescription drug abuse serious
  3. Solana Beach: Expert to discuss prescription drug and heroin abuse among teens
  4. Prescription drug take back at fairgrounds Saturday
  5. More than 2,500 pounds of prescription drugs collected

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=20982

Posted by admin on Jan 27, 2011. Filed under Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe graduates from cottages to new campus building
    Horizon Prep dedicated five new grammar school classrooms on Monday, Aug. 25. Donor contributions have allowed the Rancho Santa Fe school to grow from 14 little green cottages to a school with 29 state-of-the-art classrooms and more to come. “We couldn’t be more excited about the opening of this school year,” said Dr. Bob Botsford, Horizon Prep president and […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women to present candidates forum
    The Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women, Fed., members will present Republican candidates for federal, state and local races at their “Best Party in Town” event from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Morgan Run Resort & Club. The candidates have been invited to speak and meet with the voters. Cost is $25; light refreshments will be served. Please send check […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe Library to present Alzheimer’s series
    Taking aim at Alzheimer’s, the county Board of Supervisors in May launched the Alzheimer’s Project, an effort to create a regional strategy to improve caregiver resources and to support research efforts to find better treatments and ultimately, a cure for the disease. […]