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Presentation targets prescription drugs

MAPLE PARK – Today, authorities will arm parents with tools to prevent one of the fastest-rising forms of drug abuse in Kane County – prescription drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Unit will provide a prescription drug presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Kaneland High School auditorium. All are welcome.

Topics expected to be addressed include trends in prescription drug abuse; common sources for acquisition of illegal pharmaceuticals; prescription drug identification; and how to properly dispose of prescription medications.

Kaneland School District 302 Superintendent Jeff Schuler said the school’s resource officer identified it as a way to further educate parents about the trend of students using and sharing prescription drugs.

“I think it’s a trend all parents need to be aware of,” said Schuler, noting a similar event was at Harter Middle School.

Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest-rising forms of drug abuse in Kane County and the Chicago area, Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said.

It affects people of all ages, but authorities are “really seeing it take off with younger people,” he said.

Teens often take advantage of their parents’ unused medications, such as painkillers prescribed after a surgery or root canal, Perez said. Authorities urge parents to properly dispose of such medications.

“If we can as parents not create a situation that would entice someone to abuse prescription meds, we’re ahead of the game,” Perez said.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office, 37W755 Route 38, has a prescription drug dropbox in its lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Perez said. The DEA incinerates the medications.

If you go

What: Prescription drug presentation
When: 6:30 p.m. today
Where: Kaneland High School auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road

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