Craig briefs: Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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In an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft, the Craig Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Centennial Mall parking lot. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Residents are encouraged to bring prescription medications for disposal.

According to a news release, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs during a Drug Take-Back Day last September. Officials said the event is important because medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Prescription drug abuse is increasing across the U.S., as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses from them. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Additionally, Americans now are told not to dispose of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.

For more information about Craig’s Drug Take-Back Day, call Sgt. J.W. Forgay at 970-826-2366.

Reading programs available at library

■ Moffat County Libraries recently launched 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a program intended to prepare children to learn to read upon entering school, according to a news release. Families are asked to sign up before their child enters kindergarten, and the library will provide reading logs to track reading. Children will receive a free book when the family reaches certain reading milestones. Families who read 1,000 books to their child before he or she reaches kindergarten have completed the program successfully.

■ A similar program, Ready-Set-Read, is designed to encourage and track reading for elementary school children. Reading logs were sent home through the schools during the first week in March. Children have until May 31 to bring in the completed log to receive a free book. Children who did not receive reading logs can pick one up at the library.

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