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Community Briefs: Drug Disposal Program

Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation’s Drug Disposal Program box is still in the lobby of the Deerfield Police Department.

The purpose of this program is to collect and safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications, thus keeping them out of the hands of individuals who might otherwise become victims of prescription drug abuse.

The Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation was founded in Highland Park by David and Gail Katz and their daughter, Melissa Katz Gold, following the death of David and Gail’s 25 year-old son and Melissa’s brother, Daniel, from an overdose of prescription drug medication in June, 2007. The Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation was created to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of prescription drug abuse and addiction; and to provide tangible methods to remove unwanted and unused medications from America’s homes.

The use of prescription pills for non-medical reasons has reached epidemic proportions and threatens the lives of millions of Americans.

• Prescription drugs are killing more of our youth than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and inhalants combined.

• Teens abuse prescription drugs more than any illicit street drug except marijuana. 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs say they get them out of the medicine cabinets of family or friends.

• Everyday 2500 teens use prescription drugs for non-medical use for the first time.

• Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths have doubled in the last decade and now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States.

The drug collection box has been installed in the Deerfield Police Department lobby. The following items are acceptable for disposal: Prescription medications (including controlled substances), all over-the-counter and pet medications, samples, vitamins, liquids and creams. Items not acceptable for deposit are: Needles/sharps, thermometers, IV bags, bloody waste and hydrogen peroxide.

To make donations in support of Save A Star’s Drug Disposal Program, or if you would like more information, or to see other drug box locations, please visit www.SAVEASTAR.org . Or call (847) 579-1300 ext. 146.

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