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July 10, 2017

Grant helps CADRE fight prescription drug abuse

The PATH Foundation has awarded a $13,000 grant to combat prescription drug abuse in Fauquier and northern Culpeper counties

The Fauquier Community Alliance for Drug Rehabilitation and Education (CADRE) will use the Make It Happen! grant to partner with local organizations to distribute educational materials and locking medicine pouches.

The efforts come in the wake of the 2015 Pride Survey of Fauquier public high school and middle school students, which found that 175 had abused prescription drugs within the last 30 days.

“After seeing the results of the Pride Survey, we were compelled to support this cause,” PATH President Christy Connolly said. “It is a major cause of concern for our community, so educating families on the proper storage of prescription drugs is vital.”

Prescription medication can act as a gateway to more serious drug use, Fauquier sheriff’s Capt. Ray Acors said.

“Ultimately, most of the people we interview who are addicted to drugs started with medicine in people’s cabinets,” Capt. Acors added. “Lock Your Meds is huge . . . . If there’s medication, even if it’s in a purse, the pouches make it harder to get then.”

Lock Your Meds helps families learn to prevent prescription drug abuse — and potentially further drug use — by encouraging the practice of safekeeping measures, such as secure storage and proper disposal of medication.

The comprehensiveness of the Lock Your Meds campaign impressed CADRE Executive Director Kathleen Weghorst.

“With ways for us to both educate students and to reach parents and grandparents, the Lock Your Meds campaign equips us with the tools we need to educate the community about the severity of drug abuse,” Ms. Weghorst said.

CADRE has distributed locking pouches to Fauquier County Public Schools guidance counselors, Piedmont Pediatrics, Piedmont Family Practice and the Fauquier Free Clinic, along with Remington Drug, the Department of Juvenile Justice and other nonprofit organizations.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office also provides a safe disposal box in its lobby, specifically for prescription medication.

To pick up a locking pouch or to learn more about this initiative and CADRE’s mission, call 540-347-2340, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit
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fauquiermeow · July 10, 2017 at 2:39 pm
All local pharmacies should know that the Sheriff's office has a disposal box for unused prescription drugs. I tried to turn in unused painkillers last week at CVS and was told that they only take back on the DEA take back day. When I asked if they knew of a place that could take them back immediately the woman said that she did not. I googled and found out the Walgreen's has a take back box so I called to let CVS know in case someone else needed the information. Not surprisingly, the woman did not sound too interested in the information, probably because it is a competing pharmacy. Hopefully, they would be more generous with extending the knowledge that there is a drop box at the Sheriff's office.
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