Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
We are students at Roaring Fork High School, and are involved in a project for our history class. Our project is to help adults and children become more aware of the problem associated with prescription drug abuse in our community.
There have been reports of increased traces of prescription drugs in the water supply and concerns over kids finding abandoned supplies. Also, the police departments in the Roaring Fork Valley are getting reports of teenage kids raiding drug cabinets at home or at their friends’ houses and selling drugs at school or using them illegally. This can be extremely dangerous as well as fatal.
Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing at alarming rates, 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 home medicine cabinets.
Many Americans do not know to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet, which means they end up in our water supply, or throwing them away.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been collecting at local town halls potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. It’s part of a national campaign.
This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Collection sites across Colorado can be found by going to RxDrugsNotYoursNotSafe.org
We hope that this letter will inspire all of us to become more aware of this issue that is often overlooked. Serious illness and even death can be avoided if we pay closer attention to what is in our medicine cabinets and what to do about it.
Although I understand the inevitability of change, some endings leave me particularly saddened. This is true of the closing of Through the Looking Glass, a bookstore that will remain in the hearts of its many customers.
Sharon and John Graves have done a great deal for the community during their tenure as business owners, and the Glenwood Springs library has been one of their fortunate beneficiaries. From donations of books to partnership with programming, they have taken every opportunity to promote and assist the library.
True to form, this morning they presented me with one last contribution of books for the library.
My eyes are misting as I compose this letter and recall laughter, programming, books and a wonderful friendship. Thanks for everything, Sharon and John. It’s an honor to wish you well as you begin this new chapter in your lives.
Manager, Glenwood Springs Branch Library
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