Education and Prevention:

Other Drugs

 

Methamphetamine


Meth360 logo

 

Meth360® exists to unite communities for a critical cause -- the prevention of meth use and abuse.

 

Reducing demand for methamphetamine through prevention education is a priority for TOGETHER!.

 

Using the Meth360® curriculum, we are bringing this effort to our communities.

 

In 2006, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America created Meth360® (www.drugfree.org/meth360), a meth prevention program uniting law enforcement and treatment and prevention professionals to deliver drug-awareness presentations within communities.

 

The individual experiences and expertise of each presenter provides audiences with a "360-degree" view of the meth issue. Informative and motivational, Meth360® challenges concerned citizens to take action to stop the spread of meth in their community.

 

Spice

SpiceDeadly herbal mixture joins federally banned substances


Spice -- an herbal mixture laced with synthetic chemicals that mimic a marijuana high when it's smoked -- has grown in use and notoriety lately. Spice causes many side effects and scientists have found it to be quite harmful to the body. It can even cause death.

After it was banned by many states and jurisdictions, in November 2010 the Drug Enforcement Administration listed spice as a Schedule I controlled substance (illegal with no medical use).


If you have any questions about spice, call TOGETHER! at 360-493-2230. If you suspect someone may be experiencing health problems from using spice, take the person to your local hospital or call the Washington Poison Center at 800-222-1222.

 

Prescription drugs

 

Safe disposal

Thurston County officials and TOGETHER!, collaborating through the Prescription Drug Task Force, have opened five drop boxes for the safe and convenient disposal of old prescription medications. The locations:The prescription drug drop box at Tumwater City Hall

Thurston County Courthouse

Tumwater Police Department

Lacey City Hall

Tenino City Hall

Yelm City Hall

Rainier City Hall

These are the only places in the county where narcotics can legally be disposed of. (Another drop box operates at Group Health Cooperative in Olympia, but it doesn't accept controlled substances, like Vicodin or OxyContin.)

 

All medicines collected through the drop boxes are properly disposed of by law enforcement officials in such a way that they don't get into the hands of unauthorized users or into our water supply.


The boxes were phased in over time, starting with the county courthouse in January 2010. The second box was installed in Tumwater in April 2010 and the rest went in during the summer of 2010. During 2010, more than 2,100 pounds of drugs were collected from these 5 boxes.

 

If you live in Washington state but not in Thurston County, click the link below to find the drop box closest to you.

 

Drug disposal locations

 

Rx360 Washington

 

Raising the Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse

 

TOGETHER!, in partnership with the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention and the Partnership for a Drug Free America, is launching a new education program called Rx360 Washington. Through Rx360, health, prevention and treatment professionals come together to deliver presentations about the prevention of prescription drug abuse to community groups, concerned citizens and parents.

 

Informative and motivational, Rx360 challenges concerned citizens to take action to stop the spread of prescription drug abuse in their community.

 

 

Coalitions, Partnerships

TOGETHER! is involved in several groups that fight prescription drug abuse, including the Prescription Drug Task Force.

 

We also work with partners to help make some of our programs happen, such as The Partnership at DrugFree.org.

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in scheduling an Rx360 presentation for your group or organization, or in getting involved as a presenter, please call (360) 493-2230 ext 19 or send us an email.

 

 

More resources

Meth: It's Still a Monster!

 

The M Files: Meth & Marijuana Resource Tool

 

Click here to find substance abuse treatment facilities in Washington state,