Given national and local trends indicating an increase in prescription drug abuse, the ESAP Coalition incorporates strategies targeting use and abuse of prescription and other drugs. In Evanston, 10% of teens report misusing prescription drugs in in the past 30 days.
The committee hosted Evanston’s first Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April 2012 and has developed informational materials about safe use and disposal of prescription drugs. With permanent over-the-counter and prescription drug collection sites available in Evanston, the committee continues to work on strategies to raise awareness about prescription drug misuse and abuse as well as reduce youth access to unprescribed medications.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about this committee, please contact:
Erin Tegge, Prevention Coordinator