Drug Awareness

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Lt. Governor Brad Little, Governor "Butch" Otter and Exalted Ruler Susie Stertz, Boise Elks Lodge #310 attend the signing of the the MADD Power Talk 21 Proclamation; "Encouraging parents to talk to their kids about alcohol and the importance of waiting until they are 21 years old to drink alcohol."

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On April 26, the DEA, DOJ, and other national organizations will hold another National Prescription Drug Take Back day. This program aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Prescription medication abuse is one of the largest substance abuse problems within the United States. These unused medications (especially opiates) often stay in the back of cabinets for months or even years. Commonly, these drugs are taken and ultimately abused by youth. Some medications are so potent that even one dose can be fatal if accidentally ingested. In the past adults commonly flushed these medications down the toilet. However, due to contamination of the water supply, the best way to dispose of all drugs is to use “Drop off” containers at pharmacies or participate in the National Drug Take Back day.

This national best practice event is huge and one all Elks lodges can get behind. I strongly urge each new ER or lodge Drug Awareness Chair to contact their local Sheriff’s department and volunteer to assist at this event. DO NOT DO THIS ON YOUR OWN. The rules and regulations are extensive and must be followed closely to remain legal. You also can have the Drug Awareness Trailers in prominent display, provide materials to interested individuals, use the Elk’s prescription drug brochure and get a lot of publicity out of this event. Contact your local District Drug Awareness Chair to schedule the trailer. I have enclosed a hyperlink for additional information.

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

Best regards,

Steve Meier, PhD, CPS
ISEA VP North, ISEA Drug Awareness Chair

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Friday 09/13/2010

We have our numbers in for the Drug Awareness trailer at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Members 312 hours and 946 miles. Non-members 445 hours and 614 miles. We can't tell everyone enough "THANK YOU" !!!!!!!! We affected around 15,000 plus people.

Friday 09/11/2010

The EISF is over. Thank you to all that came out and volunteered and another thank you to all who entered our drawings. We gave out free basketballs and soccer balls everyday. Good luck to those who put in on a bike! You will be contacted around Oct 20 so we can find out what size bike. You will recieve your bike on Oct 23 at 8 am at the Blackfoot Elks pancake breakfast for the Veterans! Good Luck! See you soon!

Friday 09/10/2010

Only 1 day left! In the N.W. corner of the fair grounds is the Elk's Lodge Drug Awareness trailer. Please come by and get info on the drugs out there....and enter a free chance for your child to win a bicycle....or basket ball or soccer ball. All raffles and information is FREE!!!! Stop by and say hello to our wonderful volunteers who have donated their time to help get the word out!!!!!