5,000 safe drug disposal kits will be distributed to Casa Grande families to prevent substance misuse
Casa Grande, AZ – The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) today announced a donation of $2,000 and 5,000 safe disposal kits to Casa Grande Alliance. These resources will allow Casa Grande families to safely dispose of unused medications.
RALI, an organization dedicated to fighting the opioid epidemic throughout Arizona and across the country, partnered with Casa Grande Alliance to bring these important disposal kits to the families in the area. As we continue to fight COVID-19, RALI and local partners are also continuing their fight against the opioid crisis and that starts with the proper disposal of prescription medicines as a critical preventative step.
In 2020, RALI donated 8,000 safe drug disposal kits and a grant of $5,000 to support the Casa Grande Alliance, a non-profit charitable organization which has provided prevention services to Casa Grande youth for over 30 years. Casa Grande Alliance focuses on substance misuse prevention education and awareness services, treatment resource information, and coalition mentoring.
“Today’s donation supports Arizonans in Casa Grande struggling with opioid addiction, allowing for the safe disposals of drugs and helping combat the opioid epidemic,” said Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema.
“These safe disposal resources will help Casa Grande families remove unused prescription medications from their homes, and reduce the risk of substance misuse,” said Bob Shogren, Executive Director of Casa Grande Alliance.
The safe disposal kits will be shared with prevention coalition partners and will be shared with families through prescription drug take back days, back to school and other community events throughout the year. The kits will also be available for free on request by calling the Alliance office at (520) 836-5022.
Grant funds will be used to support expanding efforts to implement the Thrive Resilience and Positive Mental Health prevention curriculum in area middle schools through engaging corporate and community volunteers as program facilitators. Thrive is an evidence supported and trauma informed interactive course designed to empower teens with knowledge and tools to thrive in today’s culture. Thrive addresses the challenges facing school age teens with a focus on the risk and protective factors that promote positive choices and healthy habits. The Thrive model is intentional about creating a positive atmosphere that addresses unhealthy behavior while encouraging the participants to see their value, focus on solutions and internalize healthy lifestyles.
Learn more about safe disposal and more ways to address the opioid epidemic at raliusa.org.
The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) supports programs that help prevent the misuse of prescription medicines so that more lives can be saved from the opioid crisis. We do this by bringing together community leaders and elected officials who are committed to finding effective solutions and sharing ideas that will make a difference across the state.