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City reminds parents to keep track of medicine cabinets

Posted: February 9, 2010 6:01 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2010 5:56 p.m.
In honor of Rx OTC Awareness Week, the city of Santa Clarita is reminding residents about the importance of keeping track of home medicine cabinet contents. The city's Blue Ribbon Task Force is also promoting the national event, held Feb. 22-28, which is designed to prevent prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drug use among youth.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, first-time drug use among 12 -17 year-olds is rapidly increasing, largely due to the availability of over-the-counter and prescription drugs in home medicine cabinets. The city of Santa Clarita is urging parents to take an inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications at home, and educate their children about the dangers of taking medication without a doctor's orders.

"Prescription and over-the-counter drug use is increasingly common among youth and teens due to the fact that it is often easily available and perceived as ‘safe'," said Mayor Laurene Weste. "Parents should pay attention to the quantities of prescription and over-the-counter drugs at home, keep them out of reach of children, and watch out for signs of drug abuse."

Common indicators of drug abuse include reckless or withdrawn behavior, changes in friends, constant flu-like symptoms, sudden weight loss, paranoia and more.

Residents looking to safely dispose of over-the-counter and prescription medication may utilize the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station's new Safe Drug Drop-Off program.

Currently, three safe drop storage containers are in place at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, located at 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway. Residents can safely deposit their expired medication or narcotics anonymously, in one of the designated mailboxes.

This story is posted in The Signal's SCV Raw section. Click here for more information about SCV Raw.



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