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Change would reduce the number of refills patients could get before going back to see their doctor. Patients would also be required to take a prescription to a pharmacy, rather than have a doctor call it in. Read more...
Residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska turned in 33,589 pounds (16.7 tons) of prescription medications. This number surpassed the last Take Back on September 29, 2012 by two tons. Read more...
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Clark County Environmental Services, PREVENT! Coalition, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Battle Ground Police Department and Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance are cheering another successful Prescription (Rx) Drug Take Back on April 27, 2013. Read more...
Today, the majority of unintentional poisoning deaths are caused by overdoses involving prescription drugs, including painkillers. Read more...
Have you taken a look at your medicine cabinet lately? I mean really taken a look in there to see if you have unused or outdated prescription drugs just sitting there waiting for someone to get their hands on them? Read more...
"Prescription drugs are the drugs of choice for kids in school..." said Cmdr. Pat Slack of Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force. Rebecca Runyon is now painfully aware of that fact. Read more...
The health district's board of directors and the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office are supporting Senate Bill 5234 to establish a safe drug collection and disposal program funded by the drug manufacturers themselves. Read more...
It's time that every company wraps into its cost of business recycling or safely disposing of the product they produce and profit from - future generations depend upon it. Read more...
It’s easy to see why this proposal is supported by the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs, the Association of Northwest Pharmacies, the Washington Association for Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention, the Washington State Association of Counties and many other groups. They all understand that the best place for unwanted pharmaceuticals is not home medicine cabinets, waiting for crooks or addicts. Read more...
Snohomish County could serve as the model for a proposed drug take-back program designed to save lives statewide, which is why Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick is among those urging citizens to contact their state Legislators to voice their support for it. Read more...
Leftover medications are fueling an epidemic of prescription-drug abuse that is killing more Washingtonians than traffic accidents, say drug-addiction experts. Yet pharmaceutical companies have consistently torpedoed efforts here to fund a statewide disposal program for unused drugs. Read more...
Responding to concerns about excessive prescribing of drugs, Washington state has new rules in effect. But will it make a difference in a trend that is claiming more lives nationally, including among the young? Read more...
With a law that took effect this month, Washington state is making a bold attempt to reduce overdose deaths. Read more...
Because trace levels of pharmaceuticals have been detected in drinking water and linked to abnormalities in aquatic organisms, drug-disposal legislation has attracted broad support from public health officials, law enforcement agencies, and environmental groups.Yet the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, whose twelve largest companies made a profit of $US 44 billion in 2010, have countered with a coast-to-coast campaign to prevent lawmakers from making the industry pay for drug-disposal programs.... Read more...
DEA National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day was Saturday, with people taking advantage of the free, no-questions-asked national drug-disposal effort. Read more...
"The secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications is a key part of our drug abus prevention strategy", said Sheriff John Lovick from Snohomish County, Washington. "We collected nearly three thousand pounds of medicines in 2010, and need a partnership with the drug industry to keep these collections going." Read more...
Pharmaceutical poisoning remains a common childhood injury, despite years of concerted prevention efforts, such as improved safe guards on packaging. Over half a million children are exposed to pharmaceuticals each year. A new study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics attempts to understand this growing problem to aid in the progress of reducing the number of childhood injuries due to pharmaceutical poisoning. Read more...
The Olympian, April 29, 2011. Local law enforcement agencies want you to drop off unused prescription drugs at one of several sites Saturday, instead of flushing them down the toilet or letting them linger in the medicine cabinet. Read more...
Reuters, April 19, 2011. President Barack Obama's administration unveiled on Tuesday a plan to fight what it calls a prescription drug abuse epidemic. Read more...
Thurston Talk, March 29, 2011. Washington residents let millions of containers of medications gather dust in their homes each year, where the pills often end up in the wrong hands. Read more...
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