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Bryan County Drug Free Coalition Launches Project ALERT

 The Bryan County Drug Free Coalition launched its substance abuse program, Project ALERT, last week at Bryan County Middle School and Richmond Hill Middle School. Today, more than ever, teens need help resisting drugs. Project ALERT is a proven solution, a nationally recognized, middle grade, substance abuse program that gives students insight, understanding and actual skills for resisting substance abuse.

Project ALERT successfully addresses tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and inhalants, the substances young teens are most likely to use. Several adult volunteers, along with Coordinator William Collins, have trained to be master instructors with the program.

Through the partnership with Bryan County Board of Education, the instructors are teaching every eighth grade student using the Project ALERT program. The classes meet weekly for eleven weeks to complete the program. In addition, the Bryan County Youth Education Awareness group is also receiving instruction from William Collins, so they can deliver the program to their peers during after school hours. The Project ALERT program is a part of the goals and strategies developed by the coalition in making Bryan County drug free.

Press Release: July 29, 2010

Dispose of Prescription Medications Safely

If you are like most people, you have accumulated a collection of prescription drugs and other pharmaceuticals that are no longer needed. Once it was common practice to flush these medications down the toilet or just throw them in the trash. This is no longer true. Studies have shown that septic systems, water treatment facilities, and trash disposal methods do not destroy the components of the prescription drug. This can lead to contamination of soil, surface water, and ground water. Keeping the environment clean is much easier than cleaning it up after it is polluted.

Another danger to keeping these unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs is that they can be scavenged and illegally sold. Abuse of prescription drugs has increased among teenagers and young adults due to the ease of obtaining drugs. Sixty per cent of the persons who abuse painkillers indicated that they received them from friends or relatives.

Keeping children and animals safe is another reason to dispose of prescription medications safely. Both have also scavenged from the trash or from inside the home and accidently harmed them by consuming the drugs. Everyone can accidently take medications that are outdated or no longer needed.

So keep your home and environment safe by disposing of your prescription medications at the following locations:

Bedingfield Pharmacy in Pembroke
Kroger’s Pharmacy in Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill Pharmacy
Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Richmond Hill

Bryan County Drug Free Coalition has partnered with these pharmacies to provide you with a safe and free way to dispose of your prescription medications. You can begin bringing them in any time during the pharmacies regular business hours. So clean out those medicine cabinets and make you, your family, pets, and the world a safer place.

If you have any questions, please contact Bryan County Drug Free Coalition at 912-653-5258 or 912-661-2095 or Visit our website at for continuous news on drug prevention.

Press Release: July 26, 2010

Bryan County Drug Free Coalition Provides Free Drug Testing Kits For Parents:

Sometimes parents may suspect that their child is taking drugs but they do not want to get a drug test that is reflected on their insurance or they do not have the money to pay for one. Another concern of parents is that if they use law enforcement to administer the test, then it becomes a legal matter against their child if it is positive.

The Bryan County Drug Free Coalition recognizes these problems and wanted to help. We have placed drug testing kits at the Pembroke Police Department, the Richmond Hill Police Department, and the Bryan County Sheriff’s office for parents to get free of charge.

The packets contain the drug testing kit, the instructions, and information for the parent on getting help and resources to use. If they cannot find help through those listed, they may call the Bryan County Drug Free Coalition or Bryan County Family Connections offices for additional information.

The parent can also enroll their child in Project ALERT classes after school which is a drug prevention class taught by Peer Instructors that include helping students make positive life choices.


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