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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 27, 2019

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also reminding the public about the potential for abuse of medications. On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications. Since the Prescription Drug Take-Back program was started in 2010, nearly 11 million pounds of medications (5,500 tons) have been collected at these events.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses an important public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Drop-off sites during the event will be at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department at King Soopers, 1275 Eagle Drive.
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
  • Wellington: Larimer County Sheriff's Dept. at Family Dollar parking lot, 8099 6th St.
  • Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.

  • The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

    Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including pet medications. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

    Check the DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.

    Information on environmentally friendly disposal methods that protect the environment and minimize opportunities for misuse will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pollutes lakes, streams, and water supplies and creates safety and health hazards.

    Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-419-3273.
     
    Project Homeless Connect, April 12, 2019

    Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event providing free services and referrals to people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

    This year's Homeless Connect will be held on Friday, April 12, from 8:00am to noon at the Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. in Fort Collins. Breakfast will be available at 8:00am, and BBQ lunch will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Se habla espanol.

    Free services include:
  • Basic Car Inspection
  • Bike Repair
  • Bus Passes
  • Children's Activities
  • Clothing, Shoes, and Toiletry Items
  • Counseling
  • Dental Screenings
  • Eye Exams
  • Government Benefits
  • Haircuts
  • Housing Information
  • Legal Services
  • Medical Screenings
  • Pet Services/Food (Pets Welcome)
  • Veterans Services

  • Some services may request identification, so please bring any identification you may have, such as a photo ID and/or two pieces of mail with the same address.

    For more information call 2-1-1 or go to murphycenter.org. More information is also available by stopping in at the Murphy Center.
     
    Parent Education Speaker Series in Feb. (2019)

    CAYAC (Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections) is hosting a 4-part series on ADHD in children. The series runs on Thursdays, Feb. 7-28, noon-1:00 p.m. Meet at the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., Fort Collins.

    Cost for the series is $40, and includes lunches and an ADHD parenting book. Scholarships are available. Registration is required. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Ana at 970-530-2842 or apasini@healthdistrict.org.

    CAYAC (Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections) is a service of the Connections program. It is a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, SummitStone Health Partners, Poudre School District, and others in the community. Our goal is the early identification and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders that can affect children's health, happiness, family, and school. For more information, visit the Health District website.
     
    Mental Health Speaker Series in Feb. and March (2019)

    Connections is hosting a free series on mental health issues. The series runs on Wednesdays Feb. 6-March 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Health District offices, 120 Bristlecone Drive, in north Fort Collins.

    Topics include:
  • Wed., Feb. 13 -- Older adult mental health, presented by Kathy Krohn, LCSW
  • Wed., Feb. 20 -- Medication-assisted treatment for substance use, presented by Jess Fear, LPC
  • Wed., Feb. 27 -- Men's mental health, presented by Chuck Hancock, M.Ed., LPC, EMDRII
  • Wed., March 6 -- Eating disorders, presented by Rebekah Knight-Baughman, PhD
  • Wed., March 13 -- Anxiety, presented by Jeri Newlin, MS
  • Wed., March 27 -- Marijuana policy and enforcement in Colo., presented by FCPD Officer Jim Lenderts

  • Participants are welcome to attend a single session or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Emily at 970-530-2883 or eleetham@healthdistrict.org. For more information about the Connections program, go to the Health District website.
     
    Open Enrollment for Health Insurance in Colorado Continues Until Jan. 15, 2019

    Colorado residents have until Jan. 15 to sign up for health insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace, even though the enrollment deadline has passed in other parts of the country. For people who enroll in a health plan by Jan. 15, coverage will begin Feb. 1.

    For those who are eligible, plans from the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace offer financial assistance that reduces the cost of premiums, copays, and coinsurance. For example, financial assistance is available for an individual making up to $48,560 per year, or a family of four making up to $100,400.

    People who enrolled last year and are happy with their plan should still see what's available for 2019. Plans change every year, and people need to make sure they are still getting the best plan at the best price for their health and financial needs. Larimer Health Connect can help with that.

    Larimer Health Connect is a free service that helps people find the best options for health insurance to meet their family's health needs and budget. Our trained staff provides free, impartial, in-person assistance finding health insurance. We have extended hours, and walk-in enrollment events on Saturdays during open enrollment.

    After Jan. 15, people will not be able to sign up for a Connect for Health Colorado plan until the next open enrollment period in fall 2019. However, those who have major changes in their life circumstances during the year -- for example a new job, new child, or new place of residence -- might qualify for a special enrollment period that allows them to sign up for new coverage or change an existing plan.

    Larimer Health Connect also can help qualifying people sign up for Health First Colorado, (Colorado's Medicaid Program) or Child Health Plan Plus, both of which allow year-round enrollment.

    Larimer Health Connect is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F, at 144 N. Mason St., Unit 7, Fort Collins. Walk-in service is available Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. through Jan. 12. People can also be seen by appointment at offices in north Fort Collins and Loveland. More information and appointments are available at 970-472-0444, or at the Larimer Health Connect website.

    With the headlines out of Washington, you might have questions about what the latest developments mean for you and your health coverage. Call us, and we can help.

    Larimer Health Connect is a project of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, a public special district dedicated to improving the health of our community.
     

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