Medication Safety Program
Very often unused prescription medications find their way into the wrong hands. Prevent substance misuse before it starts by practicing safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal. This medication safety project is funded by a SAMHSA grant T108178 and created in collaboration with the WNY Prevention Resource Center and the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports, OASAS.
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Find a Drop Box in Your Area
Substance misuse prevention coalitions are present in many of our local communities across the WNY Region. They provide an array of resources and support to address prevention needs as well as he promotion of healthy and strong communities. For more information on resources within your community or becoming a member of a coalition in your area see below:
Permanent Rx Drop Box Sites
Use the map below to find an RX dropbox near you.
Prom & Graduation Season
As hundreds of thousands of teens prepare for their big evening and graduation season, there is some sobering information that parents should know before sending their child out the door. Below are the dangers associated with that much-awaited dance and graduation season.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the months from April thru July see some of the highest teenage traffic fatalities of the entire year.
Automobile crashes continue to be the leading cause of death among teenagers.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, teen driver crash rates are nearly 4 times more frequent than those ages 20 or over.
1,340 young people under the age of 21 die each year in alcohol-related automobile crashes.
WAYS TO PREPARE FOR
Connect with other parents. Speak directly with any parents supervising after-parties your teen will attend since some parents may allow underage drinking.
Talk about (not) drinking/doing drugs. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), many kids turn to their parents for guidance on drinking. Talk to your teen about dealing with peer pressure, the dangers/repercussions of underage drinking and driving, using illegal substances, and contacting you for a ride in situations involving drugs and alcohol.
Offer options for rides. If a group insists on traveling together to prom and numerous graduation parties, talk to other parents about hiring a limo. That way no one gets behind the wheel. If it's not in the budget, offer to drive them yourself, or research other public transportation options in your community.
Have the party come to you. Plan your own, adult-supervised, drug/alcohol-free after-party at your house, school, or local community center.
Set the example. You can't always be in the car, but you can keep safety top-of-mind by demonstrating and enforcing habits like wearing a seat belt, not using a cell phone while driving, following the speed limit, and driving with your eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel.
Be a safe passenger. Passenger distractions are dangerous for new drivers. Be sure to respect the driver by not talking loudly, chatting on a cell phone, playing loud music, or acting disruptively. Distracted driving is a major cause of crashes, and passenger distractions are particularly dangerous for new drivers.
Groom before you zoom. Before it's time to go, take one last look in the mirror and make sure you're looking good so nothing takes your focus off the road while driving.
Get your beauty rest. Since many parties last until early morning, make sure you get plenty of sleep leading up to the big day or ask your parents to pick you up so you and your friends don't have to drive tired. Fatal car crashes involving teens happen significantly more at night
Set limits. Put a limit on the number of friends you ride with. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)studies show that the presence of passengers in a vehicle increases the risk of accidents and crashes. Over half of teen passenger deaths are in incidents with teen drivers.
Don't Drink/Do Drugs and Drive. Drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age. This goes for using drugs and other illegal substances as well.
Seatbelts are the perfect accessory. A little wrinkle in your dress, tux, or graduation gown is hardly worth not buckling up for. Buckling your seatbelt can save your life and keep you from getting seriously injured. Plus, it's the law!
SOCIAL HOST LAWS
The Social Host Law was initially passed in Erie County in 2014. It specifically targets parents who allow minors to drink alcohol in their homes.
Currently, under the Social Host Law, if an adult knowingly allows anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol under their roof, they can be punished. The penalty for a first offense is a $250 fine. A second offense warrants a $500 fine. A third offense is punishable by a $1,000 fine, a year in jail, or both.
There’s a push in the Erie County Legislature to crack down on parents who allow drug-use under their roof. Lawmakers are hoping an amended law can be a piece of the answer in the fight against opioids.
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has signed an amendment to Local Law 2 (2014), the county Social Host Law, which has now been strengthened to include the known abuse of drugs on a property as a violation of the law along with known underage drinking. The amended law targets individuals who are 21 years of age or older and knowingly allow the consumption of alcohol or drugs by a minor in their home or other privately owned property.
National Drug Take Back Day
April 24, 2021
FOCUS of Lancaster and Depew handed out 150 Deterra bags and informational resources related to substance use and misuse prevention on National Drug Take Back Day. Job well done, FOCUS!
National Prevention Week
May 9th - 15th, 2021
Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
Preventing Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse
Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (includes e-cigarettes & vaping)
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