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Collecting unused drugs

By David Hotle | May 01, 2017

Prelude Behavioral Services prevention specialist Sarah Smith, left, Washington County Sheriff Jared Schneider, and Washington Police Department Lt. Ron See collected unused prescription drugs at a drop off point at the Washington United Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Take-Back. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | May 01, 2017 12:48
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