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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Surprisingly, more times than not people who are prescribed drugs do not take all their medication. Typically the medication makes a home in one’s medicine cabinet which is easily acquired by children or friends. In response to this trend a number of states have set up programs for safe disposal of medications which eliminates the potential for prescription drug abuse by the non-prescribed.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This will allow individuals to safely dispose of their medication without flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away.

More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

The onus is on the individual to dispose of their medications so they do not help fuel the prescription drug fire raging in America. Most parents do not realize that the first time their children use a prescription drug the drug is in their own home. When one is finished taking a medication they need to properly dispose of the drug.

We hope that anyone with leftover prescription medications will take advantage of the Take-Back Day coming up.

Take Back Points of Contact
State Point of Contact Telephone
Alabama GS Pat Millier 205-321-8600
Alaska SA Jodie Underwood 206-553-5443
Arizona GS Mike Grafton 602-664-5600
Arkansas GS Lisa Barnhill 501-217-6500
California, N. GS Glenn Moore 415-436-7900
California,S.D. GS Tom Lenox 858-616-4100
California, C. DPM Mike Lewis 213-621-6942
Colorado GS Helen Kaupang 720-895-4231
Connecticut DPM Nancy Coffey 617-557-2191
Delaware GS Regina Spaddy 215-238-5160
D.C. ASAC Alan Santos 202-305-8500
Florida DPM Barbara McGrath 954-306-4650
Georgia DPM Barbara Heath 404-893-7165
Hawaii DPM Mike Lewis 213-621-6942
Idaho SA Jodie Underwood 206-553-5443
Illinois, S. DPM Scott Collier 314-538-4600
Illinois A/GS John Pacella 312-353-3709
Indiana GS Roxanne Peterson 317-613-4586
Iowa DPM Scott Collier 314-538-4600
Kansas DPM Scott Collier 314-538-4600
Kentucky GS Martin Redd 502-582-5905
Louisiana GS Louis Lejarza 504-840-1100
Maine RAC Mike Wardrop 207-780-3331 x11
Maryland GS Terry Riley 410-244-3629
Massachusetts DPM Nancy Coffey 617-557-2191
Michigan ASAC Durell Hope 313-234-4000
Minnesota GS Jack Henderson 612-344-4130
Mississippi GS Louis Lejarza 504-840-1100
Missouri DPM Scott Collier 314-538-4600
Montana RAC Joe Kirkland 406-655-2900
Nebraska DPM Scott Collier 314-538-4600
Nevada DPM Mike Lewis 213-621-6942
New Hampshire RAC Leo Ducey 603-628-7411
New Jersey GS Andy Breiner 973-776-1100
New Mexico GS Philip Hart 505-346-7419
New York GS Jim Place 212-337-3900
New York ASAC Jim Burns 518-782-2000
North Carolina DPM Barbara Heath 404-893-7165
North Dakota GS Jack Henderson 612-344-4130
Ohio ASAC Tony Marotta 614-255-4200
Oklahoma DPM Lisa Sullivan 214-366-6900
Oregon SA Jodie Underwood 206-553-5443
Pennsylvania GS Regina Spaddy 215-238-5160
Rhode Island RAC John Kleczkowski 401-732-2550
South Carolina DPM Barbara Heath 404-893-7165
South Dakota DPM Scott Collier 314-538-4600
Tennessee DPM Barbara Heath 404-893-7165
Texas, Northern DPM Lisa Sullivan 214-366-6900
Texas, West GS David Cota 915-832-6000
Texas, Southern GS Kathy Brown 713-693-3670
Utah GS Lynette Wingert 406-655-2900
Vermont SA Tom Doud 802-951-6777
Virginia ASAC Jay Gregorius 804-627-6300
West Virginia RAC Dennis Bolum 304-347-5209
Washington SA Jodie Underwood 206-553-5443
Wisconsin GS Jorge Jimenez 414-336-7372
Wyoming RAC Jay Erickson 307-778-1500
Caribbean ASAC Pedro Janer 787-277-4940

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