THE NEW FACE OF ADDICTION
October 17 – 6:30-8:15 pm
Each day over 2,000 teens abuse a prescription drug for the first time. Many try it for fun thinking they’re safe from family medicine cabinets and others are prescribed painkillers by doctors often to treat sports-related injuries. This frightening epidemic is threatening our friends, families, and taking our youth. Rockford Public Schools welcomes Austin Eubanks, national speaker and survivor of the Columbine school shooting, who has devoted his career to helping others understand how anonymity adversely affects youth, the problems with overprescribing medication, and the importance of the continuum of care and overcoming trauma. Additionally, we welcome a panel of speakers who will be sharing their powerful stories to support our prevention efforts.
RED PROJECT NALOXONE TRAINING
October 17 – 5:45-6:15 pm
Opioid overdose is a national epidemic and Kent County has not been spared, with deaths from accidental drug overdose surpassing automobile accidents. However, every overdose fatality is highly preventable. Naloxone (Narcan®) is a prescription medication that can safely and effectively reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This Red Project event will offer Naloxone (also known as Narcan) training and provide FREE kits to individuals, family members, business owners, and friends who want to be prepared for a loved one who may be at risk.
DRUG TAKE BACK NIGHT
October 17 – 5:30-6:30 pm
Do you have unused, leftover, or expired medication in your home that needs to be thrown away? Kent County Sheriff’s department will be on hand to collect and appropriately dispose with no questions asked.