What could happen when you drive impaired? Students at Randolph Macon College were invited to take a drive in SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience) and see for themselves. 41 students took a spin in SIDNE, the high-tech go-kart, and learned more about the dangers of impaired driving . This unique experience was presented by the R-MC Office of Campus Safety, the R-MC Coordinator of Alcohol Prevention, and the Ashland Police Department.
There is a new campaign to help prevent prescription drug abuse by encouraging residents to lock up prescriptions. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is encouraging parents to use lock boxes for prescription drugs and says, "We don't want to see kids starting drug habits because of what they stumble on
at home or because of what they have easy access to at home. We have to ensure
that our medicine cabinets don't become our neighborhood drug suppliers."
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 26 this year. Take Back sites will be announced in October, so stay tuned!
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On April 27, 2013, the Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Ashland Police Department partnered with the Richmond District of the Drug Enforcement Administration for the 5th National Drug Take Back Event. During these events, citizens are encouraged to turn in expired and unwanted medications, no questions asked. These events are a great way to rid our county of narcotics that can end up in the hands of our youth. A recent national survey of high school students found that 24% of students reported abusing prescriptions drugs. See article.
The two Hanover County law enforcement agencies collected and disposed of over 480 pounds of prescription medications combined during this event. We are grateful to the continued commitment by both the Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Ashland Police Department to building a community committed to raising substance-free youth.