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ASAP Coalition has compiled downloadable resources for Driver's Education Programs in Aroostook County to use when they educate students and their parents about underage drinking and driving. The resources come from a number of agencies, including the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Additional Drivers Education Resources can be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website by clicking on this link.
To order printed copies, fill out and submit an online order form.
What are the issues?
Improper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications lead to:
- Poisoning from accidental ingestion, particularly among young children and pets (when medicines are thrown in the trash).
- Illegal use or theft, including identity theft, from discarded containers providing personal patient information.
- Contamination of water resources, which can result in reproductive and developmental problems in fish and other aquatic wildlife (when medicines are flushed or placed in the trash)
Prescription drug diversion and abuse are significant issues in Maine and the Nation. According to a 2007 study conducted by the Partnership for a Drug Free America:
- 1 in 10 teens have abused prescription drugs in their lifetime.
- 1 in 3 teens report knowing someone who abuses prescription drugs
- 8 out of 10 teens who misuse prescription drugs get the drugs from friends or relatives or by stealing, buying or asking someone for the drugs.
How can I reduce the quantity of unwanted medications in my home?
- Purchase only as much as you need and take the medication as prescribed.
- Centralize all medications in one location secure from children, teenagers and pets. This may help limit inadvertent over-purchasing of medicines, accidental poisonings, and prescription drug abuse or diversion.
- Consider alternative treatments such as chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and light and aroma therapy.
- Say "no" to prescription samples if you are not going to use them.
Medication Disposal Dos and Don'ts
- Do not flush down the toilet or drain.
- Do not give or sell to others. Under Maine law, selling or giving away any type of prescription drug is a crime.
- Do not dispose of in the trash.
- Take to a local drop off center or contact your local police department. Most police departments in Aroostook County have agreed to collect unused and unwanted medicines for their communities. Local police department numbers are listed below.
- Participate in annual collections (typically in August or September in Aroostook County).
Local Drop Off Centers and Local Police Departments
Local Drop Off Centers through Safe Medicine Disposal for ME are one way for Maine residents to safely and properly get rid of unused or expired medicine.
How the program works:
- Postage-paid medicine disposal kits are distributed to participating pharmacies and other locations throughout Maine.
- Pharmacists and site contacts then give the kits, including a postage-paid envelope, instruction packet, and survey to interested individuals.
- Participants follow the enclosed instructions to place unused medicine in the envelope. They also complete the survey and place it in the envelope.
- Envelopes are returned by mail to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the medicine is safely destroyed.
Participating sites in Aroostook County:
Aroostook Wellness, 22 Birdseye Ave Ste. A, Caribou, 492-0346
Rite Aid Pharmacy, 112 Bennett Dr., Caribou, 498-8735
Houlton Council of Catholic Women, Houlton, 532-9851
Rite Aid Pharmacy , 137 North St., Houlton, 532-6876
Local Police Departments in Aroostook County are an option for Aroostook County residents who wish to safely dispose of their medications. Most police departments in the County have agreed to collect medicines on behalf of their communities. Contact numbers are below.
Presque Isle (207) 764-2534
Houlton (207) 532-2287
Caribou (207) 493-3301
Washburn (207) 455-4045
Fort Fairfield (207) 472-3808
Fort Kent (207) 834-5678
Van Buren (207) 868-3481
Madawaska (207) 728-6356
Limestone (207) 325-4702
Aroostook agencies partnering to address the issue of prescription drug disposal and abuse: Aroostook Chiefs of Police, Aroostook Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Cary Medical Center, Healthy Aroostook, Houlton Regional Hospital, Link for Hope Coalition, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Northern Maine Medical Center, Power of Prevention, The Aroostook Medical Center, and Vital Pathways.
What is PaCT?
In an effort to curtail underage drinking among youth in Aroostook County, the County law enforcement agencies listed below have agreed to conduct random patrol checks of property upon request by a parent or guardian. This service, which is called Police and Communities Together (PaCT), is offered to any parent or guardian who will be away from their residence for an extended period of time. An extended period of time is defined as being out-of-town overnight or longer.
How do I make a request for PaCT?
Look at the list of participating law enforcement agencies below.
If you are a parent or guardian, download and complete the application that is posted at the bottom of this page.
Bring the form to the participating law enforcement agency that is closest to you.
What happens while I am away?
Should law enforcement investigate or respond to a complaint of underage drinking at the residence while you are away, a reasonable attempt will be made to contact you. Please note that decisions relating to the prosecution of any criminal or juvenile offenses will be left to the discretion of the enforcement agency. You may cancel the request for PaCT at any time.
Participating law enforcement agencies
Aroostook County Sheriff's Department
Ashland Police Department
Caribou Police Department
Fort Kent Police Department
Houlton Police Department
Madawaska Police Department
Maine State Police - Aroostook County Division
Presque Isle Police Department
Van Buren Police Department
Kasserian ingera? Is a traditional greeting of the Masai people of Kenya and Tanzania. Instead of saying “How are you?” they greet with “How are the children?” The typical response is, “Sapati ingera” (“All the children are well”). What would your response be? Perhaps some of the children are well? Is that good enough?
The question of why some kids have a fairly easy time growing up, while others struggle, why some get involved in dangerous activities, while others lead productive lives and why some beat the odds and others get trapped are usually answered by focusing on problems such as poor choices due to socioeconomic status, lack of supportive families, or being surrounded by bad influences.
What if we decided to look for other answers – answers that would tell us how kids prevail, not fail.
The Search Institute in Minneapolis did just that when developing what are now called the 40 Developmental Assets. The Institute conducted research on what makes kids thrive. Their research yielded answers that were optimistic and hopeful, and highlighted what was right with youth. What the Search Institute found was that assets protect and empower youth, and that their effects are cumulative. That means the more assets a youth has, the less likely they are to struggle, and the more likely they are to succeed, in life.
Unfortunately, Search Institute surveys at the National level indicate that the average young person has only 18 out of 40 assets. The exciting news is anyone can build assets! Asset building also costs nothing and is not radical or experimental.
What are the 40 Assets?
The 40 Developmental Assets are grouped into 8 categories, which are summarized below. For a summary of all 40 Assets, download the handouts provided below.
- Support: Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them.
- Empowerment: Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected.
- Boundaries and Expectations: Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best.
- Constructive Use of Time: Young people need opportunities—outside of school—to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults.
- Commitment to Learning: Young people need a sense of the lasting importance of learning and a belief in their own abilities.
- Positive Values: Young people need to develop strong guiding values to help them make healthy life choices.
- Social Competencies: Young people need the skills to interact effectively with others, to make difficult decisions, and to cope with new situations.
- Positive Identity: Young people need to believe in their own self-worth and to feel they have control over the things that happen to them.
40 Assets Ages 6-11
40 Assets Ages 12-18
How do we incorporate asset building into our daily lives?
Creating a strong foundation in a young person’s life doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. Taking time, remaining patient, and giving a whole lot of love and caring will take you far. For most young people, their family is the center of their lives. Show your children you love them, and also value each one of them as individuals. Clearly communicate to one another your family’s values, boundaries, and expectations (as well as those of the community). Provide constructive, enriching opportunities for growth through creative activities, youth programs, and quality time at home. Give young people the appropriate amount of freedom to make their own decisions depending on their ages, but also offer options along the way.
What can ASAP offer communities in Aroostook County?
ASAP initiated Asset Building work in Houlton and Caribou in 2008 and recently began making presentations in other towns (details about this work can be found in our Newsletter, which is available on our home page).
Change is possible, and the power rests in the people and places of community that join together to embrace, invest in, and engage with young people as resources and gifts.
Want to know more about the 40 Developmental Assets and ideas for helping young people build them? Visit www.search-institute.org/assets.