Clinton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition | Prescription Abuse Prevention | Clinton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition | Clinton County, MI
Clinton County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has a goal to prevent the prescription abuse among our teens and youth.
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Prescription drug abuse happens when someone takes one of their own medications in a way not intended by their doctor or they take a medication that was prescribed for someone else for a different reason—like to get high. Abusing prescribed medication is very dangerous and has become a modern health issue.


Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol. When prescription drugs are abused, they can be addictive and put the person at risk for other harmful health effects, such as overdose (especially when taken along with other drugs or alcohol). And, abusing prescription drugs is illegal—and that includes sharing prescriptions with family members or friends.


Prescription drugs are designed to treat a specific illness or condition, but they often affect the body in other ways, some of which can be dangerous. These are called side effects. For example, OxyContin stops pain, but it also causes constipation and sleepiness. Stimulants, such as Adderall, increase a person’s ability to pay attention, but they also raise blood pressure and heart rate, making the heart work harder. These side effects can be worse when prescription drugs are not taken as prescribed or are abused in combination with other substances—including alcohol, other prescription drugs, and even over-the-counter drugs, such as cold medicines. More than half of the drug overdose deaths in the United States each year are caused by prescription drug abuse. (NIDA)


In Clinton County, our 2013-2014 MiPHY survey shows more than 5% of 11th grade students are abusing Ritalin, Adoral, Xanax and almost 5% of 9th grade students are abusing painkillers such as OxyContin.

Rx Prevention

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In our Coalition, we have learned first hand how many youth and teens get their abused prescription drugs from a friend or relative, either for free, by buying them, or taking them without asking. We ask all parents and adults to make sure their prescription medication is locked up and or not in an easily accessible location to those that may abuse it. For those that require a specific medication, we encourage you to speak with your doctor on whether there’s an alternative medication with ingredients that have less potential for addiction. In addition, we have partnered with Capital Counties Commit, a campaign empowering young adults and community members on the negative effects of prescription abuse.


Our Strategic Prevention Action Plan for Rx Abuse includes:


  • Increase communities knowledge of current drug trends, addition, treatment, recovery and wellness and introduce avenues for getting involved in prevention and wellness efforts in Tri-County communities.
  • Increase expansion in the sites for prescription medicine drop off events in local communities
  • Launch the Prescription Drug Safe Disposal campaign and hold local forums on opioid and heroin prevention and treatment topics.
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Talk Sooner


TalkSooner serves as a resource for parents to access information about marijuana prevention. Focus group data suggested that youth do seek information and guidance from parents and other adults, so it is important that parents have these difficult conversations. The TalkSooner app, available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store, is a free app that provides parents with help on how to have these difficult conversations, along with prevention techniques.
TalkSooner Prescription Abuse Information


We are proud to be a partner with the Capital Area Take Back Meds Program. The Take Back Meds Program is a joint effort between local pharmacies, law enforcement, as well as government agencies to provide residents with safe, convenient access to proper medicine disposal. Take Back Meds includes many local pharmacies and law enforcement agencies accepting your unwanted medications.


Disposing of your medicines at one of these locations will ensure that your medicines will not be stolen from the garbage, will not enter our environment and deters abuse and overdoses at home. Find Your Take Back Drop-off Location