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GAVC students seek to find better ways to teach about drug take back program

MORRIS — Brent Dite's criminal justice program is seeking to bring awareness not only to the drug take back program but also to the fact it's important to dispose of opioid medication properly so they don't end up in the hands of the wrong people.

"We're conducting a survey with a two part approach," Dite said. "First is to see how many people know about the drug take back program and if more boxes need to be set up in the county but also to work on public service announcements, both flyers and video, that can explain the issue to the public."

The GAVC Criminal Justice II class has been working with the Behavioral Health Alliance of Grundy County as the BHA's Youth Advisory Committee to address the opioid overdose epidemic. The class includes seniors from Morris, Minooka and Gardner-South Wilmington High Schools.

According to Anita Young, Prevention Communications Coordinator with Chestnut health systems. One part of the project is to gather information on medication disposal behaviors of Grundy County residents to help gauge the need for increased disposal options and community education. The students chose to create a survey in an effort to obtain as much input from the community as possible.

The survey is short and can be taken online, according to Dite.

Besides asking the basics, such as age group, gender, and the area of Grundy County where one resides, it also delves a bit deeper, asking whether abuse a problem in the community, if people know about the medication take back boxes that Grundy County Coroner John Callahan has placed throughout the county, whether individuals currently dispose of prescription drugs.

The students will gather the information and put it together to present which areas need more attention, according to Dite.

Below are the locations of unwanted medication take back bins managed by the Grundy County Coroner’s Office:

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
1320 Union St., Morris

Coal City Pharmacy
175 S. Broadway, Coal City

Coal City Police Dept.
5455 S. Broadway, Coal City

Morris Police Dept.
200 East Chapin St., Morris

Minooka Police Dept.
121 East McEvilly Road, Minooka

Channahon Police Dept.
24555 S. Navajo Drive, Channahon

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