Next Drug Collection Event Scheduled For September 29
Police encourage safe disposal of unwanted prescription and over-thecounter drugs On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Town of Estes Park Police Department will offer Estes Park's fifth Drug Take Back Day to collect unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over- the-counter drugs for safe disposal - no questions asked. This free service will be held at Rocky Mountain Pharmacy, located at 453 East Wonderview Ave. in Upper Stanley Village. Police officers will collect the drugs, which will remain in the custody of law enforcement officers until they can be incinerated. Estes Park's Drug Take Back Day is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration'snational campaign to provide a safe way for people to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted and potentially harmful prescription drugs. Police Chief Wes Kufeld commented on the success of the collection last April, saying, "We collected 72 pounds of pills which is the most to date." Kufeld continued, "This is a very simple way to protect your family and loved ones." To find participating collection sites in other communities, visit www.dea.gov. Misused and abused prescription drugs containing controlled substances can lead to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that prescription medicines are the most abused drugs by Americans, next to marijuana. Seven of the 10 drugs most commonly abused by teenagers are prescription medicines and three- quarters of teen prescription drug abusers obtain the drugs from family and friends - often from a home medicine cabinet. Ridding homes of these substances greatly reduces the potential for abuse and accidental poisoning. Items which cannot be accepted at the Drug Take Back Day collection sites are needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Information Office at 970-577-3701. To receive Town news in your email inbox, please email email@example.com.
Assistance Available For Residents Affected By High Park And Woodland Heights Fires, Flooding
Long-Term Recovery Group of Northern Colorado Mobilizes Community Resources The Long-Term Recovery Group of Northern Colorado (LTRG-NoCo), made up of more than 50 nonprofit agencies, government organizations, faith-based groups and concerned citizens, is mobilizing community resources to assist residents affected by the High Park and Woodland Heights (Estes Park) fires and subsequent flooding in Larimer County. To be eligible for assistance, residents must have suffered losses in the fires and/or flooding. Residents must meet with LTRG-NoCo case managers, who will assess situations, identify resources, and refer residents to possible sources of assistance, including funds available from the LTRG-NoCo. A limited amount of funds have been raised to date for survivors who have not been compensated from insurance or other sources. Eligible uses of the funds include the following: * Health-related issues * Repair or replacement of primary homes * Repair or replacement of personal property * Loss of livelihood * Temporary housing needs * Other compelling needs To prioritize funding distribution, the LTRG-NoCo will consider factors such as financial need, documented disability or health need, single parent, older adult, immediate need for safe housing, and other compelling factors. Documentation, as appropriate and available, may be required by case managers to verify need. Beginning Monday, September 10, residents can make an appointment with a case manager by calling 970-646-8879 or visiting the LTRG-NoCo office at 215 East Foothills Parkway, Suite 1EB, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (in strip mall north of Macy's), Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. An appointment is necessary to meet with a case manager. Those wishing to contribute to the LTRG-NoCo Fund can do so through the United Way of Larimer County, which is serving as the fiscal agent for the group. Visit www.unitedwayoflarimercounty.org or call 970-407- 7000 for more information.
Friday, September 14, 2012