Did you know that in August 2017, there were 80 overdoses in Cabarrus County?
Did you know that 67% of people who misuse prescription medications get them from friends and family?
That is why the 2018 Class of Leadership Cabarrus, sponsored by the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, is using their collective expertise and influence to start a week-long campaign to get Cabarrus County residents to dispose of any unused opioid prescriptions.
The campaign, Check Your Rx, will help ensure legally prescribed drugs do not end up in the wrong hands. Barbi Jones of the Chamber of Commerce says, "I am very proud of this Leadership Cabarrus class for taking on such an important issue in our community. This will make Cabarrus County a safer place and the Check Your Rx campaign has the potential to save lives.͟" The campaign will include education and advertising about the Cabarrus Prescription Drug Drop Off Week scheduled for May 14-19, 2018. All residents are asked to take three steps: Check, Collect and Drop.
Drop boxes are currently located in the following locations:
The two newest drop boxes in Harrisburg and Mt. Pleasant were donated by the 2018 Leadership Cabarrus class, expanding opportunities in Cabarrus County for citizens to safely get rid of unused prescriptions. Leading up to and during the drop off week, we are encouraging everyone in our community to help spread the word by following the Chamber’s Facebook and Instagram pages and sharing posts to build awareness about the issue and how to find and safely dispose of medications so they do not end up in the wrong hands. The opioid crisis has hit Cabarrus County particularly hard. Within one month during last summer Cabarrus County had over 80 opioid overdoses. This number has dropped significantly as a result of community education, law enforcement efforts, policy changes around prescription medication, and the concerted effort of physicians and pharmacists. Citizens can lower the number further and proactively prevent addictions by simply cleaning out our medicine cabinets. According to the Cabarrus Health Alliance, there were 192,598 prescriptions written for opiates during 2016. This is over 65 pills per resident in Cabarrus County. These pills are often prescribed to treat pain from an illness, surgery, dental or back pain. Addiction often begins after misuse and abuse of prescription pain killers. By eliminating the amount of prescription pills that our families and friends have access to we can help keep them safe.
Leadership Cabarrus is a civic leadership development program of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce. Founded for the purpose of deepening the knowledge base of dedicated business, industry and community leaders, the program expands awareness of assets and challenges in our region. Results enrich the lives of participants and cultivate future leaders for the community.