Appreciates support for two Botetourt Prevention Coalition Events

 

Editor:

I would like to thank the citizens of Botetourt County for their support of two recent events sponsored by the Botetourt Prevention Coaltion (BPC).

The drug take-back event at the Daleville Kroger took in about a dozen large contractor-sized bags of medications, which totaled over 300 pounds. These were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration. That kept these medications from going into our water supply or from getting into the wrong hands. (Another public event like this is planned for April. In the meanwhile, residents may contact the Botetourt Sheriff’s Office if they need to dispose of drugs.)

The BPC-sponsored community discussion of the ongoing opiod epidemic was attended by more than 60 people, who were able to learn about the impacts this devastating situation is having locally. We are fortunate to have people in Botetourt County who care about our community. Special thanks go to the Gilbert family of Roanoke for sharing the opiod-related loss of their daughter Jordan, to our law enforcement officers who provided vital information, and to our discussion panelists.

BPC continues its focus on reducing alcohol, drug, and tobacco use by the youth of Botetourt County.

Mike Parish

Botetourt Prevention Coalition Member