Mary Barrios

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About 60-70% of teens say medicine cabinets at home are their source for drugs. Mary Barrios, healthy living coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, encourages parents to be more responsible with prescription medications in the home. 

Barrios says the best way to combat prescription drug abuse is to dispose expired or unused medications. With National Prescription Take-Back Day around the corner, parents and professionals will be able to push-back against the opioid epidemic by leading by example. 

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's School of Pharmacy is partnering with the Children's Coalition to help promote the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday. 

Super One in West Monroe and Bastrop, Brookshire's in Farmerville, and the Troop F Office in Monroe will all be collecting unused and expired prescription medicine on October 29th from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. 

Children's Coalition hosts Dia de la Familia

Sep 14, 2016
Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana

The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana hosts the Dia de la Familia Saturday, September 19th at Lake D’Arbonne State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mary Barrios says the Coalition aims to promote a healthy living and physical fitness. Fitness will be very evident at the family fun day with a color walk/run set for 8:30 AM. Registration for the walk/run begins at 8 a.m.

Besides the walk/run kicking off the day the event will also include live music, authentic Hispanic food, and kids zone.

Healthy Living Celebrated in Dia De La Familia

Sep 17, 2015
M. Barrios / Children's Coalition of NELA

A healthier lifestyle is promoted in Dia De La Familia.  The 5th annual event is celebrated Saturday at Lake D'Arbonne State Park.

Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana Healthy Living Coordinator Mary Barrios describes the day as an opportunity to promote resources about a healthier lifestyle, "but we also wanted to have the community together, to identify ways for families to be more active and to be outside.  This event is a perfect fit."