About the Program

Reducing youth overdose deaths by locking up medications in the home

Michaela L. Denison, M.D.
Michaela L. Denison, M.D.
Ann-Marie Knight, MHA, FACHE
Ann-Marie Knight, MHA, FACHE

The number of children and adolescents dying by suicide has been increasing in recent years and continues to climb as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 10-24 year olds. In Duval County, the rates of youth suicide attempts are double the national average. Overdosing on medications in the home is the most common method of attempted suicide. Suicide attempts can be planned out as a result of depression or impulsive in times of high stress, conflict and disappointment like a recent break up. These thoughts can appear suddenly and quickly evolve from thoughts to action. Eliminating access to means for suicide can prevent deaths.

With the support of the Center for Disease Control’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Grant through the Duval County Department of Health and the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, the University of Florida Health – Jacksonville created the “Lock Bag Program”. The mission of the program is to reduce all types of youth overdose deaths by contributing to a safer home environment.

Caregivers who wish to participate in the program will receive counseling regarding home safety and tips to prevent youth overdoses as well as a free medication lock bag. Those interested in participating can subscribe Subscribe to receive updates.

Please email us or call (904) 427-3425 if you have any questions or need more information.

Michaela L. Denison, M.D.
Associate Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville

Ann-Marie Knight, MHA, FACHE
Vice President, Community Engagement; Chief Diversity Officer, UF Health Jacksonville

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Lock Bag Pickup Location
1833 Boulevard
2nd Floor, Room 2056
Jacksonville, FL 32206