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National Family Partnership Designates October 27th 'Lock Your Meds' Day
Date:10/15/2008

First Monday of Red Ribbon Week Will Educate Parents about Prescription Drug Abuse

MIAMI, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Family Partnership (NFP) has designated Monday, October 27th as the first "Lock Your Meds" Day, kicking off the group's 23rd annual Red Ribbon Week from October 27-31, to raise awareness and provide parents with action steps to prevent children's prescription drug abuse.

Statistics show that over 3 million teens in the United States abuse prescription drugs each year. More startling, 70 percent of children who abuse prescription drugs admit to getting them from friends and family, often taken from the home medicine cabinet without that person's knowledge.

For this reason, the National Family Partnership, with support from Alpharma Pharmaceuticals Inc., is dedicating the first Monday of its Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug abuse prevention program in the United States, towards stemming the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, particularly among teens and children.

"The National Family Partnership has designated 'Lock Your Meds' Day because we realize the impact that prescription drug abuse is having on families," said Peggy Sapp, executive director of National Family Partnership. "Parents hold the key to their children's drug-free future, and it is our hope that day not only brings more awareness to the problem but also enables greater family involvement to help to curb this dangerous trend."

The first "Lock Your Meds" Day urges parents to take the following steps to prevent teen prescription drug abuse:

-- Lock your prescription medication and prevent abuse or misuse by

securing the medication in your home.

-- Take inventory of your current medications and periodically check that

nothing is missing.

-- Educate yourself and your children about the most commonly abused types

of prescription medications and communicate the dangers to your child

regularly.

-- Set clear rules and monitor behavior by expressing your disapproval of

using prescription drugs without a prescription.

-- Properly dispose of old and unused medications.

To help parents take these steps and combat the problem of prescription drug abuse in their homes, the campaign web site (http://www.nfp.org/lockyourmeds) includes easy-to-use resources such as a home medicine inventory card, an online pledge and downloadable guidelines on how to properly dispose of prescription medicine.

Each year, the Red Ribbon Campaign reaches millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week who are asked to wear a symbolic red ribbon to show their personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America.

The Red Ribbon Campaign was launched when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985, thus beginning the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The theme for this year's campaign is "Ask Me, See Me, Be Me, I'm Drug Free."

For more information on teen prescription drug abuse or to download "LOCK YOUR MEDS" materials, please visit http://www.nfp.org/lockyourmeds or call 305-856-4886 or toll-free at 800-705-8997.

About the National Family Partnership

The National Family Partnership (NFP), formerly known as the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was created in 1980 by parents across America in response to the rising level of youth drug use. The mission of the National Family Partnership is nurturing parents to help children reach their full potential. The National Family Partnership works to accomplish its mission through parent training, parent networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign. The Partnership also assists in forming parent groups in all 50 States, provides education to parents about the health risks of drug use, distributes similar materials to members of Congress and supports alternative social activities for youth.

About Alpharma

Alpharma Inc. (NYSE: ALO) is a global specialty pharmaceutical company with leadership positions in products for humans and animals. Alpharma is presently active in more than 80 countries. Alpharma has a growing branded pharmaceutical franchise in the U.S. pain market with its KADIAN(R) (morphine sulfate extended-release) Capsules, and the FLECTOR(R) Patch (diclofenac epolamine topical patch) 1.3%. Alpharma is also internationally recognized as a leading provider of pharmaceutical products for poultry and livestock. For more information, please visit http://www.alpharma.com.

For more information contact:

Punnie Donohue, Weber Shandwick

(212) 445-8163

pdonohue@webershandwick.com


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