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Take back scripts event is Oct. 29

Take back scripts event is Oct. 29

After months of careful planning and coordination, Weakley County is planning an event to take back helpful items that turn harmful very quickly when placed in the wrong hands.
On Oct. 29, after the schools have observed Red Ribbon and Character Education Week from Oct. 24-28, the Martin Police Department along with the Weakley County Prevention Coalition will be holding a prescription drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Martin at the gazebo in Festival Park.
“I’ve talked to several people who have done these events before and there are always an incredible amount of drugs turned in,” Martin Police Chief David Moore said. “We’ve gotten as many questions over what to do with old medicines as anything else and this will help get the word out about what to do with old medicine.”
The district attorney’s office is sending over five kiosks to collect the medicine and the coalition will look into getting permanent kiosks in the different communities in Weakley County in the future.
“This will be a good litmus test,” Moore said. “If it is successful, other departments will jump in.”
In other business at the coalition meeting Tuesday afternoon, the subcommittee for the town hall meeting reported adding a technology overload program to the town hall meeting agenda and having a group of about five students go without their phones for a week and report back their findings.
A before and after interview would be conducted to see how lifestyles changed when the students didn’t have access to texting or calling.
Results of earlier studies have shown that more face-to-face visits take place, there are more conversations at meal time and grades have increased.
The subject of having separate meetings for each community carried over from last month’s meeting and an idea to link the meetings with the end-of-the-year eight grade career days for each school. In this way, incentives will be given, interest will be built and more students will be reached.
With a round-robin format, students could have the chance to move around and hear different speakers and presentations so as not to get too complacent. Coalition members agreed that these smaller meetings might eventually build up to a county-wide town hall meeting and they are looking at the month of March as a time to have the meetings.
Officer Christie Lifsey reported that the idea of having a corn tournament is still in the works as a fundraiser.
For Red Ribbon Week, the coalition has several posters and banner for schools to have signed by all the students along with a suicide prevention banner. Special billboards will go up all from coalitions over the West Tennessee area.
In announcements, the coalition hired a new program coordinator, Nick Moon, to fill the shoes of Josh Greer. He attended his first Students Creating Change meeting Wednesday at the Weldon Library in Martin.
The next coalition meeting will take place at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 6.

WCP 10.13.11

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