From January to September of this year, there were 25 overdoses and one death caused by prescription drug abuse in Naperville.
To address this growing issue, KidsMatter’s ParentsMatterToo, is launching the “Don’t Be An Accidental Drug Dealer” initiative in partnership with the City, and the Fire and Police Departments.
“Our ultimate goal for KidsMatter is that people recognize that they can be “Accidental Drug Dealers,” and that it brings them the knowledge and awareness of just the simple steps that they can take to prevent that, by monitoring, securing and disposing of their drugs,” said IdaLynn Wenhold, Executive Director of KidsMatter.
Residents can dispose of their old prescription and over-the-counter medications, 24/7 at any Naperville Fire Station, or at Police Headquarters during their regular hours.
If you are still using the medications, officials suggest storing them in a secure, lockable location so the drugs don’t fall into the wrong hands.
Mayor Steve Chirico has declared November “Don’t Be An Accidental Drug Dealer” month for Naperville.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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