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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
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Linn County S.T.A.N.D. Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Linn County S.T.A.N.D. (Students Taking Action Not Drinking) is launching a mental health awareness campaign in local high schools. The campaign includes materials developed by Linn County high school students to increase awareness that mental health is part of physical health. For more information, contact S.T.A.N.D. coordinator Shannon Snair at 541-967-3819.
Linn Facts: Seasonality of Alcohol Use
First-time use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana peaks during the summer months of June and July. Alcohol, however, has a similar peak in December and January. On an average day in December, more than 11,000 youth use alcohol for the first time; in other months, the daily average ranges from about 5,000 to 8,000 new users per day.
In Linn County, 40% of 8th graders and 69% of 11th graders report it would either be “easy” or “very easy” to access alcohol. This holiday season be mindful of the drinking behaviors you are modeling for youth. Consider keeping any alcoh9ol in your home in a secure location or removing it from your home after celebrations. See full report
Linn Facts is a publication of the Linn County Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention Program. Please feel free to print and share.
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.