DOBSON — Surry Central teamed up with county health officials and the Sheriff’s Office to offer medication advice to students at a recent basketball game.
The Golden Eagles’ matchup with Mount Airy drew a heavy crowd into the lobby where a booth was set up to talk about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse.
Helping with the booth were the School Health Advisory Council representative, HOSA students, officers from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and the Surry County Project Lazarus coordinator.
Students learned about the importance of keeping medications stored securely away from smaller kids. They learned about the dangers of taking drugs that were prescribed for someone else.
The sheriff’s deputies were on hand to collect and dispose of any outdated or unneeded medications that might be sitting around a house.
Karen Eberdt, Project Lazarus, spoke to the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners on Oct. 7 about abuse and misuse of medications. She said at the time that 23 people in Surry County had died already in 2015 from prescription drugs. She said that number has risen to 31 now.
To the city commissioners, Eberdt told a story of a local teen who was dropped off behind a funeral home instead of being rushed to the hospital because the friends worried that they could get in trouble themselves.
The officers explained that there is a Good Samaritan law that would offer the friends some protection when doing the right thing for their pal.
“I would consider the night a wonderful success,” said Eberdt. “Every person we educate will hopefully prevent the number of deaths from increasing.”