Earlier this month, prescription drug abuse took center stage with the OxyContin overdose death of a 13-year-old Milton Township boy. A 13-year-old friend of the boy was hospitalized after also reportedly suffering an overdose.
Since the incidents, police, school and community youth advocates have been working to educate children and parents about the growing trend of prescription drug abuse among youth in Rock County.
According to a recent youth risk behavior survey of students in Rock County, almost 23 percent of high school students and about 7 percent of middle school students reported using a prescription drug such as Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin or Xanax without a doctor’s prescription.
For next week’s event, Milton police are partnering with Jeanne Erickson from “Club Today Not Tomorrow.” The Madison-based TNT focuses on youth safety initiatives and presents a weekly television show at 11 a.m. Saturdays, on Channel 14, TV-W.
Erickson is program director for TNT’s “Youth Safety First—Lock It Up Campaign” that focuses on the importance of properly securing prescription medications in homes, as well as their proper disposal.
At the event, Erickson will offer a presentation on the campaign. A question-and-answer period featuring a panel of local law enforcement and community officials will follow.
The police department also is working with Erickson and the Milton School District on a presentation for middle and high school students.
In addition, the department plans to help the Rock County Health Department with its “Prescription Drug Roundup” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 17. The Milton drop-off site will be The Gathering Place, 715 Campus St.
Other drop-off locations include the Janesville Water Utility, 123 Delavan Drive; Edgerton city garage, 315 W. High St., and the Beloit Department of Public Works, 2351 Springbrook Court.
For more information, call the Rock County Health Department at (608) 757-5441.