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.
Liquids and sharps (needles) will not be
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.
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)
Millions of Americans have a substance use disorder. Find a treatment facility near you.
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Treatment referral and information, 24/7
Immediate crisis counseling related to disasters, 24/7
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.
Community Substance Abuse and Misuse
American teens and adults may be more likely to try illegal or recreational drugs for the first time over the summer than at other times of year, a new study suggests.
In 2017 alone, more than 3 million Americans tried cannabis for the first time, while more than 1 million people tried cocaine and almost 800,000 people tried LSD or ecstasy, researchers report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Researchers theorize that summer offers more idle time, as well as social activities, including outdoor dance festivals and parties that increase exposure to drugs.
Initiation of each of the drugs was significantly more likely to occur in summer than in other months.
30% increase of initiation of marijuana use
28% increase of initiation of cocaine use
National Medicine Abuse Awareness
It's Officially National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month
Help raise awareness of the dangers of OTC cough medicine and prescription (Rx) drug misuse during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM) throughout October. Take part in the Dose of Prevention Challenge, which promotes community engagement through a variety of virtual events and activitites.
The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 23rd to October 31st each year.
WHAT IS RED RIBBON WEEK?
It is an ideal way for people and communities to united and takes a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 - 31st. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America.
The National Family Partnership is the sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week® Celebration. We are helping citizens across the country come together to keep children, families, and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking, and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign®.
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Camarena was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. After his murder, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.
Plan a Red Ribbon celebration using materials from Nimco, Inc. Order Red Ribbon-themed items for your classroom, office, or home and show your support for living drug-free! Proceeds from the sale of Red Ribbon-themed merchandise help us to continue to promote drug prevention education. Visit Nimcoinc.com.
Participate in the National Red Ribbon Theme Contest. Each year a new theme is chosen through a national contest. The contest starts in January and runs through December 4. By participating in the theme contest, you are helping to increase the awareness and effectiveness of Red Ribbon Week. Join us! Learn more about the contest by visiting redribbon.org/theme.
Take Action to Prevent Additction
LEARN HOW TO REDUCE RISK.
Know the Facts About Opioids
41 PEOPLE EVERYDAY
Every day in the US, 41 people lose their lives to prescription opioid overdose. Prescription opioids—like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine—can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain but can have serious risks and side effects.
ANYONE CAN BECOME ADDICTED
Opioids are highly addictive. Research shows that if you use opioids regularly, you may become dependent on them. That’s because opioids change how the brain and nervous system function. You can’t know how your brain will react to opioids before taking them.
OPIOIDS CAN BE ADDICTIVE AND DANGEROUS
Risks include misuse, addiction, and overdose.
OPIOIDS AFFECT THE PART OF THE BRAIN THAT CONTROLS BREATHING
If you take too high a dose, it can slow your breathing and cause death.
COMBINING OPIOIDS WITH ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
Like sleeping pills or cough medication -- INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF DEATH