For Immediate Release
Winston-Salem, N.C. – About eight in 10 poisoning deaths in North Carolina are accidents related to medication misuse or abuse. This rate is already higher than the national average. In Stokes and Surry Counties, there's an even larger problem.
Surry County ranks 4th in risk for substance abuse-related deaths and nearly 90 percent of prescription medication-related deaths in Surry are accidental. The number of overdose-related deaths in Surry is nearly double the state average.
Stokes County ranks 34th in risk for substance abuse-related deaths and 85 percent of prescription medication-related deaths in Stokes are accidental.
In an effort to improve the safety and health of these communities, prevention staff from Unlimited Success, the Elkin Police Department, the Mt. Airy Police Department, the Stokes County Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Surry County Schools, and Stokes Medical Center are undertaking numerous medication take-backs over the next four weeks.
"Keeping these medications out of the hands of our teens, especially, is paramount to the overall safety and well-being of our communities. Getting that message out will save lives. We encourage everyone to take their unneeded, expired, or unused medications to a safe disposal site," says Partnership for a Drug-Free NC C.E.O., Bert Wood.
The following days and times are scheduled across Stokes and Surry Counties: