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Lock the Lid on Access to Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs: Dakota County Offers Resources to Reduce Youth Access to Dangerous Drugs

Tragically, overdoses of prescription medications are in the news. (Insert Agency/Group name) officials want citizens to know that by working together, with schools, medical profession, parents and treatment programs we can reduce access to prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that could be abused.

This material is designed to:

  • Increase awareness of Prescription (Rx) and Over-The-Counter (OTC) drug abuse;
  • Encourage monitoring quantities and safeguarding medications;
  • Educate yourself on proper disposal of medications; and
  • Keep our young people safe.

Residents throughout (this community) are asked to lock up medications and account for your prescriptions. If medications have expired or are no longer needed, dispose of them.

Drug Task Force said, “We invite everyone to get involved in this effort to keep drugs out of wrong hands and keep young people safe in our community.”

County Attorney said, “This is an opportunity for citizens of your community to join other Americans and stand together to promote awareness, safety and healthy youth.”

Chief / Sheriff added, “It is important to work together as law enforcement, medical professionals and citizens to keep our community safe.”

Young people are more likely to use Rx medications because they believe they are safer to use than illicit drugs, there is less shame attached to using them, there are fewer side effects than illicit drugs, and parents don’t care as much if youth get caught. Using Rx and OTC drugs as they were not intended is dangerous, has deadly consequences and is illegal.

For more information, contact (insert local name, phone). Resources available at

Last updated: 11/12/2012 10:27 AM