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BCAAR announces opioid crisis initiative

Beaver Creek Area Association of Realtors members are making drug disposal bags available to clients. Pictured from left, Director Carolyn Kirchner, Association Executive Dale Meller and President Barbara Stamp. (Submitted photo)

The Beaver Creek Area Association of Realtors (BCAAR) announced an initiative aimed at combatting the opioid crisis. In partnership with Ohio Realtors, BCAAR will provide its realtor members with prescription drug disposal bags for their clients’ use before an open house.

Law enforcement throughout Ohio has confirmed that individuals posed as buyers attend open houses to specifically steal medications from medicine cabinets. Clients selling their homes are encouraged to lock up and remove valuables from the premises during open houses. This new initiative addresses the safe removal of unused or expired prescriptions before they can be misused.

According to a recent data released by the White House Drug Policy Office, there was an 11.4% year-over-year increase in overdose fatalities for the first quarter of 2020, due in part to lockdowns and economic uncertainty. Many individuals keep prescription drugs after they are no longer medically necessary. However, this can have devastating consequences. According to the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, nearly half of teens who misuse prescription drugs get them from their parent’s medicine cabinet. By supplying clients with prescription drug disposal bags before an open house, the BCAAR hopes to reverse this trend.

Clients will be able to use the drug disposal bags to remove any unnecessary prescriptions before an open house. The Deterra Drug Deactivation System has been proven to neutralize pills, liquids, and patches. A small bag can deactivate up to 15 pills, 2 ounces of liquid or 2 dermal patches.

Association President Barbara Stamp said, “This program is a great opportunity to not only serve our members, but also to benefit our clients and make a positive impact on the opioid crisis in our state.”

Deterra bags are also available to purchase online at shopdeterrasystems.com.

The Beaver Creek Area Association of Realtors represents 200 members serving primarily Columbiana and Mahoning Counties.

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