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S.A.F.E. store medications from family, friends and pets - effortlessly

 

Last updated 5/25/2022 at 9:29am

Safe storage of prescription medications is one easy way to prevent opioid addiction from ever beginning. Stop by the Fountain or Security Public Library to get a FREE lockbox provided by Fountain Valley Communities That Care.

In El Paso County:

- Opioid related deaths (both accidental and suicide) increased from 82 in 2019 to 118 in 2020

- In 2020, there were a total of 24 drug overdoses among 15- to 24-year-olds.

- 29.9% of youth report it would be sort of or very easy to get prescription drugs without a prescription.

- In 2019, unintentional poisoning resulted in the deaths of 3 people ages 0-17.

What You Can do:

- Safely secure your medications in a lockbox.

- Keep medications up, away and out of reach.

- Put medicine away after each use.

- Do not tell children medicine is candy.

- Properly dispose of unused or expired medications. To find locations, visit takebackday.com.

Lockboxes available while supplies last. To check for availability, please call your local library. Security Public Library, 715 Aspen Drive, 719-391-3196; or PPLD-Fountain Library, 230 Main St., 719-531-6333 x7002.

Questions, or interested in joining Fountain Valley Communities That Care, please email [email protected]

 

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