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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Oct. 28 (2017)

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. On Sat., Oct. 28, 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. At the previous Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April 2017, more than 16,000 pounds of medications were collected in Colorado and more than 900,000 pounds of drugs were collected across the nation.

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 diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States 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.

As of early Oct., drop-off sites have been confirmed at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
  • Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.

  • Wellington also typically has a drop-off site, and that location will be added to this list as details become available.

    The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal boxes 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 medications for your pets. 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 sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could cause pollution of lakes, streams, and water supplies and pose potential 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 970-221-6540.
     
    Parent Education Speaker Series, Oct. - Dec. (2017)

    The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections) Team is hosting a free, 8-week, drop-in parent education speaker series on mental health and substance use. The series runs Wednesdays, Oct. 18 through Dec. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Dr., in north Fort Collins.

    Topics include:
  • Oct. 18 -- Bullying: How to identify bullying behavior on social media and at school, and how parents can help children handle situations and counter the effects of bullying.
  • Oct. 25 -- Anxiety: Signs and symptoms of anxiety and how to help children and adolescents cope.
  • Nov. 1 -- Teen Sexuality: An overview of "normal" teen sexuality and the stages of development. Topics include sexual identity, sexting, pornography, and more.
  • Nov. 8 -- Adolescent Substance Use: Common substances teens are using and appropriate interventions.
  • Nov. 15 -- Trauma: The impact of trauma on brain development in children and teens, and how to assist those who have experienced trauma.
  • Nov. 29 -- Autism: What a diagnosis of autism means and treatment options.
  • Dec. 6 -- ADHD: Signs of ADHD and tools to help children and adolescents manage symptoms.
  • Dec. 13 -- Surviving the Holidays: Stress management tips for families.

  • 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, email Brian, blothrop@healthdistrict.org.

    CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners. Connections provides answers, options, and support for mental health and substance use challenges. The CAYAC Team includes staff from the Health District, SummitStone Health Partners, and Poudre School District.
     
    Family Safety & Emergency Preparedness Expo on Oct. 7 (2017)

    Learn how to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies, and join us in reflecting on and commemorating 40+ years of disaster events in Larimer County, by attending the annual Family Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo.

    The event starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7 at the Thomas McKee 4-H Building at The Ranch in Loveland. This event is free and open to the public. Families can attend educational classes, stock up on preparedness supplies, learn lifesaving skills, win prizes, tour emergency vehicles, enjoy activities with your kids, and much more. The Expo also presents an opportunity for attendees to meet local emergency services workers.

    We hope that this event will inspire county residents to be more prepared, have access to resources, and continue looking to build a brighter future for all. The Expo is presented by Larimer County, Weld County, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Loveland Office of Emergency Management, Poudre Fire Authority, Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management, Larimer County Sheriff's Office, and the American Red Cross. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Visit the Expo Facebook page for more information.
     
    Community Behavioral Health Forum on Sept. 18 (2017)

    The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health is hosting this forum, one of many around the state, to hear from community members about behavioral health needs.

    The goals of each forum include: 1) hear from clients and their families and from the staff of facilities and service providers about needs, successes, and opportunities; 2) hold a dialogue with community members to get ideas for next steps, potential legislation, and creative solutions; 3) update participants about what services are available in the community and how to access services; and 4) increase efforts to reduce stigma about what mental illness, substance dependency, and other behavioral health issues look like and who is affected.

    Who should attend: Individuals and professionals with an interest in regional substance use and mental health systems including providers, administrators, people with lived experience, policymakers, and advocates.

    The forum meets Monday, Sept. 18, 1:00-2:30pm, Room 308-310 at the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus, Fort Collins. Please plan to attend. We welcome your input. For more info, please go to the Office of Behavioral Health webpage.
     
    Free Cholesterol Tests in September for Health District Residents (2017)

    In recognition of National Cholesterol Education Month, the Health District is offering free cholesterol tests to all district residents during September. The district covers the northern two-thirds of Larimer County and includes Fort Collins, Timnath, LaPorte, Bellvue, Wellington, and Red Feather Lakes. For those who live outside the district, the cost is $15.

    A fingerstick blood test is used to obtain results for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose. During each 20-minute appointment, a registered nurse will run the cholesterol test and will also check blood pressure and provide health education materials.

    A list of screening dates and locations is available at www.healthdistrict.org/heart or by calling the Health District at 970-224-5209. Appointments are required; reserve your spot now!
     

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