Did you know that medications are the leading cause of child poisoning. Recent data shows that over 67,700 children were seen in emergency rooms nationwide for medicine poisoning. That's one child every eight minutes. Almost all of these visits are because the child got into medicines during a moment alone.
Make sure that all medications, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight or children.
Don't Rush to Flush!
But what should you do with unused or expired medications? Flushing them down the toilet can have harmful effects on our waterways.
Letting them build up in your medicine cabinet can put them in the hands of teens looking to experiment, or seniors that may be confused about which bottle contains their current medication. Burying them in the backyard leaves them susceptible to dogs and wildlife and they end up leeching into wells and groundwater.
Meds in the Bin, We All Win!
The Don't Rush to Flush campaign urges us to drop them off at a medication collection bin so they can be properly destroyed.
In order to dispose of medicines, first, at home, remove pills from the container and consolidate in a clear zipper bag. Keep liquids and creams in original containers.
Remove or obscure personal information from the containers. Recycle empty pill containers in your household recycling.
Place the zipper bag, liquids, and creams into the collection bin.
Where Can I Dispose of Them?
You can safely dispose of these medications in four convenient locations throughout Amador County.
WellSpace Health in Martell
(accepts non-controlled medications only)
11333 Prospect Drive, Jackson
307 Preston Avenue, Ione
Ione Police Department
1 East Main Street, Ione
Jackson Police Department
33 Broadway, #D, Jackson
In addition, the Amador Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), conducts Drug Take Back days twice a year in April and October. The next take back day is scheduled for Saturday, April 25.
Amador Sheriff's Office
700 Court Street, Jackson
You can also ask your pharmacist if they have a take back program administered through their location.
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes for children and their families.
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Join us each month as we discover new books related to ACEs, Trauma-Informed Care and Resiliency.
This month, we are sharing the book The Brain That Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge, M.D.
An astonishing new science called "neuroplasticity" is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, The Brain That Changes Itself will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.
We hope you'll share your thoughts and comments about this book with us. You can send us an email, email@example.com, or visit our Facebook page and leave a comment for us, HERE.
Do you want to learn more about ACEs*, Trauma-Informed-Care, Resiliency and Resilient Amador?
The Resilient Amador coalition can now bring to your group, place of work, organization, or business an informative presentation on all of these topics.
What are ACEs?
How does childhood trauma affect us as adults?
What impact can you make in your community to have resilient children and families?
Give us a call to schedule a presentation: (209) 257-1092.
Click HERE for a full list of current events in Amador County.
Free Mandated Reporter Training
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00 - 11:30 am,
the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give
us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE. (Please note, there will be no training in December.)
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address
the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County.
Next Steering Committee meting: Tuesday, January 14, 3:00-5:oopm
Here at our CAPC offices, 975 Broadway, Jackson.
Next CAPC Meeting
CAPC meetings are the third Monday of every other month, however due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday our January meeting will be the fourth Monday.
Monday, January 27, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of children?
You can support the Child Abuse Prevention Councils efforts to keep our kids safe!
Print out the form HERE, and send it in with your donation today.
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities.
Investing in Our Youngest Children
Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
Amador Community Resources
For a wallet sized version for yourself, your organization/agency, or your place of work, give us a call - (209) 223-5921 (click HERE to print).
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642, Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642