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COMMUNITY SAFETY

Managing Medication
Safely During a Pandemic

D

id you know that 50,000 young children visit emergency rooms every year due to accidental ingestion of medications? Or
that two-thirds of teens and young adults who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends or acquaintances?
In fact, in Berks County, 49 percent of teens who said they had abused prescription drugs in the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth
Survey claimed to have acquired them " from someone living in my home. "
Another 34 percent said they had been given prescription drugs from a friend
or family member.
As more family members stay at home during this pandemic, the safe
management of all drugs, both prescription and over the counter, becomes
even more important. Families must develop a plan for the safe storage
and disposal of all drugs. Families can help keep their loved ones safe by
securely storing all over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and by properly
disposing of those that are unused or expired.
Proper medication disposal prevents accidental and intentional misuse
and helps protect the environment. The Berks County Medication
Drop Box disposal program provides drop boxes at over 20 locations
throughout the county where residents can safely dispose of prescription
and over-the-counter medication: https://cocaberks.org/wp-content/
uploads/2019/12/2020-Med-Drop-Box-Card-ENG-for-web.pdf.
Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the accessibility of these drop boxes may be more limited.
The Council on Chemical Abuse has developed several other options for safe storage and disposal.
We are currently offering Berks County families FREE medication lock boxes and medication disposal bags.

About Our Free Medication Disposal Bags & Lock Boxes

COCA is therefore providing Deterra® medication disposal bags free to residents who request them. The bags, which are
environmentally friendly, dissolve medications so that they can be disposed of safely in a household trashcan. Free to residents
while supplies last.
The locking medicine case allows for organization and secure storage of medicines and
medical supplies, including elastic straps for holding syringes and a large mesh pocket to
keep bottles in place. It features a combination lock to help keep drugs and supplies secure.
Free to Berks County residents while supplies last.
Contact us to get your free lock box and/or disposal bag.... cocaberks.org

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