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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers this information on abuse:

Is This Abuse? Get the facts

Locally, the Montgomery County Family Justice Center is a collaboration of public and private county agencies seeking to provide services to families impacted by domestic violence, in a family-friendly environment. The Mission of the FJC is to promote safety, well-being, and healing for victims of family violence.

View Montgomery County’s programs for abused adults and children, and what our organizations are doing to prevent violence in our community.

Recycle/Dispose of your medications in Montgomery County

The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is October 22, 2016. We will link to local drop-off details when that information is available.

We accept medicine which is expired or not longer needed as trash Special disposal as household hazardous waste is not necessary.
  • Place unwanted or expired medication into a sealable plastic bag or other empty container to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
  • Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
  • Seal the bag and/or container.
  • Put the bag and/or container containing the medication into your regular household trash.
  • Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
  • Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can be recycled in your recycling bin, too.
These municipalities have permanant drop-off sites. The collection sites are open 24 hours a day, seven days a weekDrugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Liquids, inhalers, aerosol cans, regular household ointments/lotions, needles/sharps and thermometers are not accepted. 
Do not dispose of medicine by pouring it down the drain or into a toilet, unless the label or patient instructions specifically advise this. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that a very small list of extremely powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances should be disposed by flushing them down the toilet if these drugs cannot be disposed of through a drug take-back program. View current FDA list. How to dispose of unused medicines – United States Food and Drug Administration

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Whether you are a parent,  educator,  community member, teen, or kid, you can take a stand against bullying.   Visit the US Dept of Health and Human Service’s website, to find out who is at risk, and what you can do to prevent and respond to bullying. Check out these FAQ’s from the National Bullying Prevention Center Here, in Montgomery County, Project Change’s You Have the Power! program helps youth confront the serious problem of bullying head on with a youth-led mentoring program in which older students teach younger students about the characteristics and consequences of bullying and how to reduce it in their communities.
 ICC’s Crossroads Program provides counseling, mentoring, case management and positive youth development programming; .
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