Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
UthMpact is the dynamic youth coalition of teen leaders committed to helping educate and deliver key substance abuse prevention messages to teens by their peers. This energetic group has developed an anti-tobacco and underage drinking prevention program currently being piloted in 14 Polk County middle and high schools. Coalition goals for UthMpact are to provide positive community engagement; change community stereotypes about teen drug use by volunteering, informing and being educated; set examples for other teens; increase coalition membership and involvement in youth clubs in high schools; and positively encourage alcohol and tobacco prevention and cessation.
- to help Polk County residents properly dispose of old and unused prescription medications in a safe way that will not be harmful to the environment
- to help reduce prescription drug abuse by decreasing availability of old and unused medications.
Bring medications to any of the following locations for safe disposal, secured in a clear, air-tight, sealed plastic bag:
- Haines City Police Department - 35400 Highway 27, Haines City
- Lakeland Police Department - 219 N. Massachusetts Ave, Lakeland
- Polk County Waste Resource Management - 10 Environmental Loop S., Winter Haven
- Winter Haven Police Department - 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW - Winter Haven
Prescription medication has become one of the fastest growing abused drugs among teens, who are finding painkillers, stimulants, depressants, and other medications to abuse right in their own family medicine cabinets. Preventing youth from gaining access is one way to prevent and stop this epidemic!
Special thanks to the groups that worked together on this community project, especially the Haines City Police Dept., InnerAct Alliance, Lakeland Police Dept., Polk County Waste Resource Management, Publix Super Markets, Inc., City of Winter Haven and Winter Haven Police Dept.
For more information, please call InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777.
Become Informed About How Substance Abuse Affects
Polk County Schools, Businesses & Families
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.
USF Polytechnic Campus, Room 1104-05
3433 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland
InnerAct Alliance and StandUP Polk, the coalition for a Drug-Free Polk, are proud to present an informative Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 9 AM, at the USF Polytechnic Campus, to raise awareness about the alarming trend of abuse of prescription drugs and how it affects Polk County schools, businesses and families.
According to studies reported by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the intentional abuse of prescription drugs to alter brain activity is a growing concern, especially prevalent in teenagers. Teens are finding painkillers, stimulants, depressants, and other medications to abuse right in their own family medicine cabinets. In fact, over 70% of young people age 12 & older who abuse prescription painkillers get them free from the homes of family or friends.
Locations for the pill drop off are:
- Haines City Police Department - 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
- Lakeland Police Department - 219 N. Massachusetts Ave, Lakeland, FL
- Polk County Waste Resource Management - 10 Environmental Loop S., Winter Haven, FL
- Winter Haven Police Department - 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL
Plan to take an active part in the local efforts to reduce substance abuse in Polk County. Please R.S.V.P. to attend the Town Hall Meeting by Friday, March 12th, to: InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777.