DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(060518) – H2i & OPD CELEBRATE 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

ODESSA, TEXAS/JUNE 06, 2018 – THE H2i COALITION AND THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATED IT’S FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE PERMANENT MEDICINE DROP BOX. EVERY YEAR THE COALITION COLLECTS A LARGE NUMBER OF UNUSED OR EXPIRED MEDICATIONS, WHICH HAS, A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY (JACKIE DUARTE. H2i COALITION) “WE’RE TAKING UNUSED MEDICATIONS OFF THE STREETS. IT’S EASY TO FORGET TO YOUR MEDICATION. YOU GET SICK AND YOU DON’T FINISH ALL OF IT IN YOUR CABINET, AND YOUR KIDS GET CURIOUS, THEY COULD LOOK FOR SPICES, AND THEY END UP FINDING THAT, AND THEY CAN TAKE WHATEVER. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.” VARIOUS TYPES OF MEDICATIONS ARE BEING DROPPED OF AT THE MEDICINE DROP OFF BOXES AT THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND AT THE ECTOR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. (JACKIE DUARTE. H2i COALITION) “WELL, I GET YOUR BASIC OVER THE COUNTER, YOUR TYLENOL, YOUR VITAMINS, WE EVEN TAKE PET MEDICATIONS, AND THEN, WHEN IT COMES TO OPIOIDS, I SEE A LOT OF TRAMADOL, WE ARE IN FACT FINALLY NOW GETTING FENTANYL PATCHES, HYDROCODONE.” THE MEDICATIONS THAT ARE PULLED OUT OF THE DROP BOX ARE LOGGED AND LABELED AND ANY IDENTIFYING LABELS ARE PULLED OFF. THE PILLS ARE PLACE IN A PAPER BAG AND AT THE END OF THE DAY THE BAGS ARE DESTROYED. (JACKIE DUARTE. H2i COALITION) “OUR MEDICATION BOX HERE IS TWENTY-FOUR HOURS YOU CAN COME AND DUMP IT, WHENEVER YOU LIKE, AND IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT YOU IDENTIFICATION BEING LEFT ON THE BOTTLES THERE’S NO NEED. I ACTUALLY TAKE THE BOTTLES BACK AND MARK ALL THAT OFF AND WE RECYCLE THE PILL BOTTLES.” THE COALITION ALSO HAS OTHER METHODS OF DISPOSING UNUSED MEDICATION. (SARA TOMLISON, COALITION COORDINATOR – FOR THE COUNCIL OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE) “WITH THESE DETERRA POUCHES. WE HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT SIZES. YOU CAN TAKE YOU MEDICATION, WHETHER PILL OR LIQUID. YOU POUR’EM IN HERE, YOU FILL IT UP WITH WARM TAP WATER, ABOUT HALF WAY, YOU SEAL IT UP AND SHAKE IT AND IT DEACTIVATES THE MEDICATIONS. SO, AT THAT POINT YOU CAN THROW IT IN THE TRASH AND ITS BIO-DEGRADEABLE, SO IT’S LEAVING A VERY LITTLE FOOTPRINT ON OUR ECOSYSTEM.” THE COALITION FOR THE COUNCIL OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE HAS PERMANENT MEDICINE DROP BOXES IN MIDLAND. THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEW.

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Author: Danny Barrera