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Linn Facts: Linn County Youth Tobacco Use Above State Average
In Linn County the percent of 6th, 8th, and 11th graders that report tobacco use is above the state average. Ten percent of 8th graders and 21% of 11th graders report using tobacco in the past 30 days (including cigarettes or chewing tobacco). Cigarettes continue to be the most prevalent form of tobacco used by youth; however, a growing number report using other types of trendy tobacco products.
In Linn County 8% of 11th graders report using a hookah pipe to smoke tobacco in the past thirty days. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are often marketed as a less harmful alternative or cessation aid. However, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes promote successful long-term quitting. Nationally, the percent of middle and high school students who report using e-cigarettes more than doubled from 2011 and 2012. See full report
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Dispose of Medications Safely at Albany and Lebanon Police Departments
In Linn County 6% of eighth graders and 11% of eleventh graders report using prescription drugs without a doctor’s orders (Past 30-day use, Student Wellness Survey 2012). Many of these kids start by accessing their family medicine cabinet.
For kids, prescription drugs may be appealing because they are easily accessible, they are “legal” and they are FDA-approved, so may be perceived as safe compared to illicit street drugs. In reality, abusing prescription medications even once can be as dangerous as abusing any illegal drug.
Disposing of prescription drugs safely is one way to help keep kids safe. Taking pharmaceuticals to a drug drop-box is the best alternative to flushing, which is not recommended. Read more about household pharmaceutical waste disposal
Albany drug disposal: The Albany Police offers a
Drug Drop-Box in the department lobby where citizens may drop off any unwanted or expired over-the-counter or prescription medications for safe disposal. Police personnel collect and destroy the medications in a safe and legal manner by incinerating them at a nearby facility. Medications may be dropped off 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Albany Police Department is located at 1117 Jackson Street S.E. in Albany. For more information contact Community Education Specialist Sandy Roberts at 541-917-3206.
Lebanon drug disposal: In Lebanon, a drop box is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Lebanon Justice Center at 40 North 2nd Street. The department will accept any medications except needles. The drugs are collected from the box and incinerated. For more information contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at 541-258-4339.