The Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) has selected the Healthier Morgan County Initiative (HMCI) to partner with DMHA in its effort to reduce prescription drug misuse among persons age 12 to 25 in Morgan County. According to information released by the DMHA, Morgan County ranks among the top 10% of all Indiana counties for either rates of arrests for sale or possession of prescription drugs, or for the number of opioid prescriptions filled per capita.Take Our Prescription Drug Survey
Other targeted counties include Madison, Pike, Scott, and Vigo. Indiana residents report higher rates of prescription pain medication misuse in the past year than national rates, with 8.2% of 12-17 year olds, 13.9% of 18-25 year olds, and 4.0% of 26 andolder. National rates were 6.5%, 11.9%, and 3.4% respectively. Indiana ranks 19th in the nation for drug overdose deaths.
The partnership of the DMHA and the Healthier Morgan County Initiative’s goals are to: reduce prescription drug misuse in Indiana, strengthen the state prevention system through strong community involvement, and implementation of environment evidenced-based strategies. As a part of the goals, the development of a county-wide coalition to help develop the strategies is an integral part of the efforts that will be developed.
It is the goal of HMCI to include coalition representation from youth, parents, businesses, media, schools, organizations serving youth, law enforcement, churches, fraternal organizations, civic/volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state and local agencies with expertise in substance abuse, and other organizations involved in its Morgan county drug task force.
The Medication Collection Program has two specific objectives.
- To help reduce the illegal use of prescription drugs by Morgan County youth by providing a means to dispose of outdated medication from individual’s homes.
- To assist in the proper disposal of medication as it is estimated that approximately 80% of the public either flush the medication down the stool or throw them away in the trash thereby contaminating the water supply.
To help build the coalition and provide information to those with a potential interest in joining the coalition, HMCI will be holding informational meetings on the nature and magnitude of the problem in Morgan County and the coalition’s organization and functions. Please review the event schedule for more information on dates, times, and locations.