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BGCWC Expands to Belpre

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - A longtime youth community group is expanding to more of Washington County.

The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County announced it will be creating a satellite program in Belpre.

The youth center is working on a lease with Belpre Church of the Nazarene.

The program will serve around 30 students from kindergarten to sixth grade after school and the club is talking with Belpre city schools to help with transportation.

"Some of the board members were concerned that Belpre was an underserved area," executive director Rebecca Johnson said, "and when I consulted with Belpre city schools, they confirmed that it is actually an underserved area as far as having options for kids after school. So we wanted to expand into Belpre."

Johnson says she hopes to have everything ready for the site by the time school returns August 14.

Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For more information about prescription drug disposal, click here.

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Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.