Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth

Do Your Part:  Prevent Rx Drug Abuse 

Unintential poisonings are now the 2nd leading cause of accidental deaths in North Carolina.  The majority of these incidents are due to opioid and other prescription drug overdoses.  Orange Partnership works with local agencies and organizaitons to increase safe use, storage and disposal of dangereous prescription medications.  These practices help decrease the common percption that Rx mediciations are safer than illicit drugs and reduce access by those who might abuse or sell these substances.  


The easiest way for teens to obtain Rx medications is from their parents’ or friends’ medicine cabinets.

What should you tell your child or teen about prescription medications?

  • All medications have risks along with benefits.  These risks increase dramatically when medications are abused. 
  • Rx medications can be just as dangerous as other types of drugs.
  • Respect the power of medicine and only use it in the way a doctor prescribed it to you.
  • Never share medications.
  • Teach younger children that medicine and vitamins are not candy and should not be touched or taken except under adult supervision.  

How do I keep my prescriptions safe?

  • Keep prescription medications, especially pain relievers, in a secure, locked location.
  • Contact Orange Partnership to request a free lock box.  See below.

How do I dispose of my prescriptions?

  • Do not flush or throw medications away in the trash.
  • Unused, unwanted or expired medications should be taken to a Rx Drug Drop Box, available at all Orange County law enforcement agenices, as well as the county courthouse lobby.
  • For a list of local drop boxes and what they will accept, visit

Resources for more information:

Safe Kids NC
Safe Guard My Meds  (en Espanol)
Medicine Abuse Project
Prevent Medicine Abuse
Lock Your Meds

Prevent Overdoses

Be a Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan law, effective April 9, 2013, states that individuals who experience a drug overdose or persons who witness an overdose and seek help for the victim can no longer be prosecuted for possession of small amounts of drugs, paraphernalia, or underage drinking. The purpose of the law is to remove the fear of criminal repercussions for calling 911 to report an overdose, and to instead focus efforts on getting help to the victim. 

Signs of an overdose: 

  • Skin has a blue tint (cyanosis) 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unresponsive
  • Confusion or disorientation

Responding to an overdose:  

  • Dial 911
  • Give your real name
  • Do not leave the victim
  • If the victim is not breathing, provide rescue breathing.
  • Immediate medical help is the best way to prevent death or disability from an overdose. 
  • Medications such as Naloxone (Narcan), available to community members, can reverse an opioid overdose

Do your part Report underage drinking and adults who provide: 1-888-888-TIPS
Your tips are anonymous and confidential.

Freedom House Recovery Center

The success of the Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth relies on grants and private donations.

We are thankful to Freedom House Recovery Center for providing administrative support for our fundraising efforts. When donating online, please be sure that Orange Partnership is selected from the Program section.

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You may also donate by check.

Note: Your check should be made out to Freedom House Recovery Center.
Please write Orange Partnership on the memo line.

Mail to:
Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth
c/o Freedom House Recovery Center
104 New Stateside Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Thanks for your support!


Help keep our community’s youth safe by sharing information with local law enforcement about:

Tipline calls are anonymous and confidential and may be used to prevent illegal activities before they occur.

Call 1-888-888-TIPS (8477)


Join the Safe Homes Network

The Safe Homes Network is a community of parents and other adults who have pledged NOT to provide alcohol, tobacco or other drugs to youth. They are promising to make reasonable efforts to ensure that youth are not obtaining or using these substances in their home or on their property.


The partnership gives network members a directory of others who have signed the pledge. We will also keep members
up-to date on the issue of youth substance abuse through a bi-annual e-newsletter where you can learn how to encourage others to join our efforts. Click the button below to join the Safe Homes Network. For more information, contact Gayane Chambless at  You can also check out the conversation on our Facebook page.

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