The Village of Lakemoor, their Police Department and Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation have established a pill disposal and collection program? The purpose of this program is to collect and safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications, thus keeping them out of the hands of individuals who might otherwise become victims of prescription drug abuse.
The Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation was founded in Highland Park, Illinois by David and Gail Katz and their daughter, Melissa Katz Gold, following the death of David and Gail’s 25-year-old son and Melissa’s brother, Daniel, from an overdose of prescription drug medication in June, 2007. The Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation was created to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of prescription drug abuse and addiction, and to provide tangible methods to remove unwanted and unused medications from America’s homes.
The use of prescription pills for non-medical reasons has reached epidemic proportions and threatens the lives of millions of Americans. The Village of Lakemoor is not immune to this and we have seen an increase in prescription medication abuse. This Village and their police department have partnered with the Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation to battle this epidemic.
- Prescription pills are killing more of our youth than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and inhalants combined.
- Everyday 2,500 teens use prescription drugs for non-medical use for the first time.
- Teens abuse prescription drugs more than any illicit street drug except marijuana. 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs say they get them out of the medicine cabinets of their grandparents and parents.
- Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths have doubled in the last decade and now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States.