Mallinckrodt Employees Help Educate Their Local Community about Drug Abuse and Prevention

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October is Mallinckrodt’s Global Month of Service, a company-wide initiative encouraging employees to give back to our local communities through volunteer and fundraising events.

During Mallinckrodt’s Global Month of Service in October, employees from the company’s manufacturing plant in St. Louis, Mo. teamed up with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) Missouri Chapter to spread the word about drug abuse prevention to children and families in the local community.

They attended the KlassKids Kirkwood-Oakland Day Out, a free, family-friendly safety awareness event hosted by the Kirkwood Police Department in Kirkwood, Missouri. The Mallinckrodt volunteers helped distribute free NADDI educational resources including Dougie the Drug Dog coloring and activity books, an at-home tool to help start conversations with children about drug abuse and to prepare them for situations where drugs and alcohol are involved.

Additionally, the volunteers distributed at-home medication disposal and deactivation pouches, which were donated by Mallinckrodt. The pouch-based systems provide a secure, convenient, and environmentally safe way to remove unused and unwanted medications from the home.

With 26 chapters in 33 states and over 4000 members, NADDI is the leading drug diversion training organization in the nation, with the largest networking platform of professionals involved in the field of pharmaceutical drug diversion. Its networking platform provides the opportunity to bring diverse viewpoints, education, support and resources to the individuals facing the challenges in the fight against the misuse and abuse of pharmaceutical drugs.

NADDI and the Mallinckrodt team also attended Red Ribbon Week at the Clay Academy of Exploration and 2019 Clay School Red Ribbon EventCivics, an elementary school serving pre-kindergarten to 5th graders in St. Louis Public Schools. They provided the students with Dougie the Drug Dog coloring and activity books, along with Red Ribbon Youth Pledges to remain safe, healthy, and drug free.

“It was a privilege to volunteer alongside NADDI to help arm the local community with this important and potentially life-saving information,” said Heather McKenzie, Sr. Controlled Substances Compliance Coordinator. “The educational resources and medication disposal pouches we distributed will have a direct impact in the fight against drug abuse, misuse and diversion. Knowing that I played a role in that effort is very self-satisfying.”

This isn’t the first time Mallinckrodt employees have supported Clay Academy. Over the past few years MNK teams have participated in their annual school supply drive, donated books and helped repaint the main hallway of the school. In addition to attending Red Ribbon Week, a group of MNK volunteers from the St. Louis plant – Rhonda Koehler, Scot Randle and Beth Kulp – helped prepare the school’s science room for a new STEAM lab by organizing and sorting all of the science supplies for their new “Mystery Science” curriculum aimed at increasing children’s interest in science and improving standardized test scores.

To learn more about NADDI, please visit https://www.naddi.org/. For additional ways to support Clay Academy, donations of graphic novels to improve the literacy and items for their science labs and STEAM classroom are appreciated.  Please contact Beth Kulp (elizabeth.kulp@mnk.com) for more information.

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