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OUR 

MISSION

ADAPT’s mission is to reduce and prevent the use of alcohol and other drugs by the youth of Taney County through evidence-based strategies.

OUR GOALS

The coalition is working to raise awareness among the youth in Taney County regarding substance use prevention through youth leadership opportunities, prescription drug prevention programs, and collaboration with evidence-based underage drinking prevention initiatives throughout the community.

May 11, 2021

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        

 

 

Taney County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Team (ADAPT)

Hosted a Medication Safety—Drug Take-Back Event

BRANSON, MO, USA—DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collected 839,543 pounds (419.7 tons) of unused, expired, and unwanted medications across the country. Americans once again showed their dedication toward helping prevent addiction and potential overdose by removing prescription pills from their homes. The April 24 event included 4,425 community partners at 5,060 collection sites throughout the country.

The Taney County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT), the Stone County Community Health Coalition and Drug-Free Ozarks collaborate with local pharmacies and law enforcement agencies to host a semiannual DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Events are held during April and October each year.

Our local communities have dropped off between 800-1000 pounds since the last Take-Back event, with a good portion of that collected on the day of the big event. If residents could not participate in the previous Take-Back day, they should utilize one of several permanent drug drop boxes throughout both Taney and Stone Counties. A complete list of dropbox locations is available at TaneyCountyADAPT.com or by contacting local police departments.

"It's great to have this amount of medications disposed of properly. These medications in the wrong hands pose a public safety risk, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse," said Branson Police Chief Jeff Mathews.

Another option for safe medication disposal is by using deactivation products such as Dispose Rx or Deterra disposal pouches. Through drug and alcohol prevention organizations including Taney County ADAPT and the Stone County Community Health Coalition, there have been over 9,000 safe disposal products provided free of charge to the community.

Safe disposal protects our environment. The City of Branson Utilities Department asks residents to never flush or pour medications down any drain. This may lead to contamination of surface water, including rivers and lakes, and drinking water supplies.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that was not prescribed to them—usually from a friend or family member. Eighty percent of heroin users first used prescription opioids. Nationally, over 70,000 people die each year by drug overdose; nearly 50,000 of those overdose by some form of opioid or opioid combined with other substances.

Local organizations such as ADAPT and the Stone County Community Health Coalition are volunteer-driven groups working to reduce and prevent the misuse of alcohol and other drugs and promote a healthier, safer place to live, work and play. These groups are organized by and managed by community members from every segment of the population, including parents, business owners,  grandparents and city officials, to name a few. No special skills are required to be a valued member—just a heart to help reduce and prevent substance misuse in our area. If you have a couple of hours a month or a couple of hours a week, find out how you can help by contacting Shelly Marlowe, Director of ADAPT, at 870-480-7401or marlower@branson.k12.mo.us.

The mission of Taney County ADAPT is to reduce and prevent the use of alcohol and other drugs by the youth of Taney County through evidence-based strategies. The coalition's goal is to raise awareness among the youth in Taney County regarding substance use prevention through youth leadership opportunities, prescription drug prevention programs, and collaboration with evidence-based underage drinking prevention initiatives throughout the community. B

 

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2021 April Take-Back Event Participants

 

Pictured are: Kerr and Kathy Buckley, Officer Mindy Shook

2021 April Take-Back Event Participants

 

Pictured are: Amanda Gray, Shelly Marlowe, Robin Noel, Lovittia Johnson, Officer Amber Edie

2021 April Take-Back Event Participants

Pictured are: Chris Williams, Cris Bohinc, Officer Mindy Shook

The “Talk. They Hear You.”® campaign is designed to provide parents and caregivers with the information and resources they need to properly address underage drinking and substance use with their children.

The Consequences of Underage Drinking and Substance Use Can Be Devastating

 

The consequences of underage drinking and substance use can include but are not limited to

• Injury or death from accidents

• Unintended, unwanted, and unprotected sexual activity

• Mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety disorders

• Difficulty with attention, concentration, problem-solving, learning, and memory

• Allergic reactions, breathing trouble, coma, and even permanent brain damage or death

Research Suggests that Underage Drinking and Substance Use Are Not

Top-of-Mind Concerns Among Many Parents

 

• Many parents with children under the age of 21 don’t believe underage drinking and substance use are not issues about which to be concerned and therefore may not have conversations with their kids surrounding these topics.

• Research suggests that one of the most influential factors for a child’s healthy development is a strong, open relationship with a parent.

 

• Parents have a significant influence on their children’s decisions to experiment with alcohol or other drugs.

 

• Over 80 percent of young people ages 10–18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision about whether to drink alcohol.

 

• When parents create supportive and nurturing environments, children make better decisions. 

PERMANENT MEDICATION DISPOSAL BOX LOCATIONS

Branson Police Dept

110 W. Maddux St., Ste. 100, Branson, MO 65616

available 24/7/365

Hollister Police Dept

1 Gage Dr., Hollister, MO 65672

available 24/7/365

Rockaway Beach Police Dept

2762 State Hwy 176, Rockaway Beach, MO 65740

Mon-Fri, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Taney County Sheriff's Office

266 Main St., Forsyth, MO 65653

available 24/7/365

CVS Pharmacy

105 Loyd Rd., Branson, MO 65616

open Mon-Sun, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

CoxHealth Pharmacy

525 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, MO 65616

Mon-Fri, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sat, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm