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Prescription Take Back Day a Great Success this year!!

The best way to dispose of your old medications. As you will read

371 Tons of Rx Medicine Collected from DEA Take-Back Event on April 27

More than 742,000 pounds –371 tons – of prescription (Rx) medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,800 locations throughout the country for the sixth Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-facilitated National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27. To date, all six DEA Take-Back events have generated the collection of more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of Rx medicines, safely removing them from circulation.

According to recently released data from the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), one in four teens (24 percent) reports having misused or abused an Rx drug at least once in their lifetime (up from 18 percent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2012), which translates to about 5 million teens. In addition, more than half of teens (56 percent) indicated that it’s easy to get Rx drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinet, and about half of parents (49 percent) say anyone can access their medicine cabinet.

Last Saturday’s drug collection initiative was a collaboration between the DEA and state and local law enforcement. Americans were urged to empty their medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers and bedside tables of Rx drugs that were expired or no longer needed, and bring them to one of thousands of designated disposal sites around the nation to help prevent the abuse and misuse of medicine. Saturday’s event collected 50 percent more pills than the previous one, demonstrating the need for a safe place where Americans can discard unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs from their homes.

Visit The Medicine Abuse Project online to learn more about how to safely store, safeguard and properly dispose of medicines in your home.


What kills one person every 19 minutes?

Guess What Kills One Person Every 19 Minutes?
Posted by Joshua Corn

Drugs Kill When it comes “how you’re going to die,” many people fear things like airplane crashes or shark attacks, even though statistics show that deaths from these events are very rare. Conversely, far too many people mistakenly believe that certain common aspects of everyday life are extremely safe — when, in reality, this is often far from the truth.

Once such daily ritual that is far more dangerous than many people believe is taking properly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. Popping pills on a daily basis to “improve health” has become far too common for many Americans. In fact, according to the CDC, approximately 50% of all Americans take a pharmaceutical drug daily. When you isolate senior citizens, the number shoots up to an astonishing 90%. And perhaps even more troubling, 20% of children take a pharmaceutical drug.

At the same time, statistics are showing that deaths from pharmaceutical drugs are rising at an alarming rate. But don’t take my word for it. Just google the term “pharmaceutical drugs kill” and you’ll see headlines from major news organizations such as Fox and CNN that read:

“Prescription drugs 62,000 times more likely to kill …

“Prescription drugs kill 6200% more Americans …”

“Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans than Illegal Drugs…”

“Prescription drugs are now killing more people than traffic accidents…”

“Prescription Drug Deaths Skyrocket…”

“Prescription drugs kill one person every 19 minutes…”

“Prescription Drugs Now Kill More People Than Heroin And Cocaine Combined…”

Sadly, most people don’t know that properly prescribed prescription drugs kill over 100,000 Americans each year. (This excludes prescription drug abuse, which causes this number to skyrocket even higher.) This is more than or equal to the number of people who die from accidents, Alzheimer’s, influenza and diabetes!


Urban Outfitters must stop promoting RX abuse!

Contact Urban Outfitters to Stop Selling Products that Promote Prescription Drug Abuse 

Urban Outfitters, the national retail store popular with teens, is currently selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. These products make light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior that is responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than heroin and cocaine combined. Medicine abuse has increased 33 percent over the past five years with one in four teens having misused or abused a prescription drug in their lifetime. Combined with alcohol, the misuse and abuse of prescription medications can be especially dangerous, making the Urban Outfitter Rx pint and shot glasses and flasks even more disturbing.

As recent research from The Partnership at shows, teens and parents alike do not understand the health risks associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. In fact, more than a quarter of teens mistakenly believe that misusing and abusing prescription drugs is safer than using street drugs.

Tongue-in-cheek products that normalize and promote prescription drug abuse only serve to reinforce the misperception about the dangers associated with abusing medicine and put more teens at risk.

Ask Urban Outfitters to remove these products from their stores and website immediately.

Feel free to use the information above to help make your point.

CONTACT INFO FOR Urban Outfitters:

Send an e-mail to:

Richard A. Hayne; CEO & Chairman

Write a letter:

Urban Outfitters, Inc.
5000 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112-1495

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Commentary on the Drug Epidemic

This was written by a friend Frank Greenagel Jr. via facebook

Another article on the opiate epidemic and the problems with insurance companies that make it difficult for their customers to get treatment. I’ve been beating the drum on this issue in newspapers, online and on the radio for over a year now.

The passage of the Good Samaritan law was a major victory. That said, we still have a high rate of overdose deaths, continued difficulty with getting insurance to pay for treatment and still FAR too many people getting their hands on prescription painkillers.

We need a lot of help. I’d like to see a recovery high school in New Jersey. We need a forward thinking superintendent to take a chance on creating an alternative school (it’s foolish to send a kid to rehab and then have them return to the very school where they were abusing drugs and/or booze). We need more Recovery College programs (even though it is an incredibly successful niche for Rutgers and myself, I desperately want to see more in NJ and throughout the USA). We need to drug test those that are getting prescription painkillers (to see if they are on other drugs, and more importantly, to see if they are actually taking the drugs they are prescribed (and not selling them) –>that’s an idea from 2 leading insurance companies, not mine). We need more training on this issue for tweens, teens, parents, teachers and clinicians. We need to expand the prescription drug monitoring program (which is already incredibly successful). We need more treatment options. Each dollar spent now saves between four and seven dollars down the road (criminal justice, healthcare, diminished work capacity, etc…).

Please spread the word. Educate one other person. If you are supremely motivated, call your state legislator and pass on whatever suggestions I made above to them. Change can happen from the ground up.

(mic drop)


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Linebacker Austin Box of the Oklahoma Sooners takes a break during a game in 2010. Box died of an accidental prescription drug overdose the following year.

Austin Box “gutted through” pain. Even after a bad blow to his back that ruptured a disc, the linebacker for the University of Oklahoma Sooners played through the pain that lingered after rehab.

He was upbeat, alert and seemingly at the top of his physical game on a three-day trip to St. Louis with his father in 2011. But the day after they returned, Austin was found unconscious in a friend’s home. He died after being taken to the hospital, at age 22.

The toxicology report showed five different pain medications and an anti-anxiety drug in Austin’s system — a cocktail that ended up stopping his heart.

In the months that followed, Craig Box, Austin’s father, couldn’t help thinking back over their trip to St. Louis for signs of an addiction. “I saw nothing that gave me any indication that this was an issue,” he said — no sign that his “all-American” son was about to become part of an increasingly American statistic.

Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have quadrupled nationwide in recent years, rising from 4,030 deaths in 1999 to 16,651 in 2010. According to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 125,000 lives were lost in the last 10 years to legal drugs like Vicodin, OxyContin and methadone.

In fact, deaths from prescription painkillers, or “opioids,” as they’re also known, now outpaces those attributed to heroin and cocaine combined.

But the problem runs deeper still. For every overdose death from prescription painkillers, the CDC estimates there are:

  • 10 treatment admissions for abuse
  • 32 emergency department visits for misuse or abuse
  • 130 people who abuse or are dependent
  • 825 people who take prescription painkillers for non-medical use

How did America’s drug problem shift from the streets to the medicine cabinet so quickly?

On Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour broadcast, health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser travels to Oklahoma — the No. 1 state for prescription painkiller abuse — to talk with the Box family about how Austin may have become hooked on prescription drugs and how he was able to hide the addiction from his family. She also sits down with the CDC’s Frieden to hear more about the scope of the problem nationwide and what might be done about it.

In the meantime, the CDC has compiled a list of 10 things you should know about prescription drug abuse. Questions? Leave them in the comments section below, and a CDC official will try to answer them on the NewsHour’s website in the days ahead.

Top 10 You Should Know About Prescription Drug Abuse, According to the CDC

1. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than motor vehicle crashes.

Drug overdoses killed more than 38,000 people in 2010; about 105 deaths per day. Of these deaths, prescription painkiller overdoses killed 16,500 people; about 45 deaths per day. “Prescription painkillers” refers to opioid or narcotic pain relievers, such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone.

2. Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one month.

The amount of painkillers being prescribed is growing significantly. In fact, the quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors offices was four times higher in 2010 than in 1999.

3. Deaths from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade.

The number of prescription painkiller overdose deaths is now greater than the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. And the number of deaths from prescription painkillers is growing fast. The number of deaths from prescription painkillers increased from 4,030 deaths in 1999 to 16,651 deaths in 2010. This means that prescription painkiller overdoses killed four times as many people in 2010 than in 1999.

4. Roughly one in 20 people in the US reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in the past year.

A big part of the prescription drug overdose problem is non-medical use of prescription painkillers — using drugs without a prescription, or using drugs just for the “high.” Most people using drugs without a prescription obtain them from people they know, who originally got them from doctors.

5. You can help prevent prescription drug overdoses.

Steps you can take include the following: – Use prescription painkillers only as directed by a health care provider.
– Store prescriptions drugs in a secure place and dispose of them properly.
– Do not sell or share prescription painkillers with others. – For people who think they have a prescription drug abuse problem, please contact 1-800-662-HELP to find treatment resources.

6. The prescription drug overdose epidemic can be stopped through effective public health interventions.

In addition to the things you can do at home to keep yourself and your family safe, there are also community and state-wide strategies that help prevent prescription painkiller overdoses. These include programs and policies used by health care providers, insurers, and states. Learn more about public health interventions.

7. States can start or improve prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and use Patient Review and Restriction (PRR) programs.

These programs can help stop this epidemic, improve the coordination of care for patients, and ensure appropriate care for high-risk patients. Find out more about PDMPS and PRR program.

8. States can enforce policies aimed at reducing drug diversion, abuse, and overdose.

States can pass, enforce and evaluate pill mill, doctor shopping and other laws to reduce prescription painkiller abuse. Learn more about which state policies show promise in reducing prescription drug abuse and overdose.

9. States and communities can enhance access to substance abuse treatment.

Effective, accessible substance abuse treatment can reduce overdoses among people struggling with dependence and addiction. Learn more about substance abuse treatment.

10. Health care providers should use evidence-based clinical guidelines and practices to promote safe and effective use of prescription painkillers.

The following guidelines can help:

  • Screening and monitoring for substance abuse and mental health problems.
  • Prescribing prescription painkillers only when other treatments have not been effective for pain.
  • Prescribing only the quantity of prescription painkillers needed based on the expected length of pain.
  • Using patient-provider agreements combined with urine drug tests for people using prescription painkillers long term.
  • Talking with patients about safely using, storing and disposing of prescription painkillers.

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