Nashua youth are using prescription drugs at higher levels than their peers across the state, and also think it is less harmful and less wrong to take prescription medications without a doctor’s permission. Hence, it’s our #1 priority.
Activities have included making prescription drugs less easy to access by working with Nashua Police Department to install and promote a 24/7 anonymous Prescription Drug Lock Box in its lobby.
We also increased awareness through our Seniors outreach campaign targeting grandparents, and at bus stations through Nashua Transit.
In addition, several healthcare providers included posters in their waiting room with tear-off notes and our young people created videos to share with the community.
Nashua Prevention Coalition launched its Lock It Up! Campaign with the help of then Nashua High School South Students Zach Peterson, Colleen Morrisey, and Ali Tatis, the team that created the following video targeting local senior citizens groups.
We are also working with local builders to include Lock Boxes in new senior apartments, with local retailers and pharmacies to carry Lock Boxes for customer purchase, and realtors to remind their clients to lock all medications before they put their homes on the market.
If you have any additional ideas or contacts to help us Lock it Up! please contact us.