Fort McCoy News April 11, 2014

April: Alcohol Awareness, Prescription Take-Back Day

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) remind you that if your drinking has caused problems in your relationships, at work, at home, financially, physically, or legally, it's time to get "Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow."

Alcohol-related problems and alcoholism cost employers billions of dollars each year in lost productivity, accidents and poor job performance. Parents should "think again" if they think their child is drinking just to "have a good time."

Many children drink alone because they are bored or depressed. This puts them at a greater risk for developing alcoholism.

Parents can tell their young people to remember "you don't have drink if you don't want to. Who says party animals have to set the agenda?"

Adults, employers and parents have several tragic reasons, besides the law, to take alcohol-related problems and alcoholism seriously — highway deaths, drownings, suicides, violent injuries, disrupted Families and unwanted pregnancies.

Despite the legal drinking age being set at 21, high school students still consume 31 million gallons of wine coolers and 102 million gallons of beer each year.

Drinking is associated with the leading causes of death among young people, including car crashes, murder and suicide. Alcohol is the deadliest drug for America's teenagers. A 16-year old, reports show, is more likely to die from an alcohol-related problem than any other cause.

In addition to preventing alcohol abuse, it's important to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of people for whom they weren't intended. That's why the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted and unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA, in conjunction with state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, have collected and removed from circulation more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. People who want to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day should contact their local police department for details on drop-off locations. In Monroe County, people can call the Sparta Police Department at 608-269-3122, or the Tomah Police Department at 608-374-7400.

Shortly after DEA's first Take-Back Day event, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), allowing DEA to develop permanent, ongoing and responsible methods for disposal.

On Dec. 21, 2012, DEA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Disposal of Controlled Substances.

These regulations would implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-273) by expanding the options available to collect controlled substances from ultimate users for purposes of disposal, to include, Take-Back events, mail-back programs and collection receptacle locations.

For more information on the events planned for National Alcohol Awareness Month or alcohol awareness any time of the year, call the Fort McCoy ASAP at 608-388-5955/2441.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy ASAP.)