A partnership will provide 19,600 drug deactivation (safe disposal) pouches to communities in Huntsville, Ala., starting this month.
The partnership is between the Alabama Department of Mental Health; the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA); WellStone Behavioral Health, North Alabama’s largest and most comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider; Leidos, an information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services company; and its wholly-owned subsidiary Dynetics.
The pouches will be available at 17 locations throughout the city, and pick-up and drop-off procedures abide by social distancing guidelines.
“During this challenging time, we are more committed than ever to providing prevention resources to those that need them and helping to create and maintain safe, health and drug-free communities globally,” General Arthur T. Dean, CADCA chairman and CEO, said.
Nearly one-third of people older than 11 years old who have substance use disorders began by using a prescription drug for nonmedical purposes, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed new barriers for those with substance use disorders.
Distribution of the pouches allows for the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs found in homes and supports Alabama’s community awareness efforts.
Leidos acquired Huntsville-based Dynetics in January and has pledged $100,000 for an anti-opioid campaign in the region.