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Rosecrance and Chicago's Department of Environment Collaborate to Help Families Dispose of Unwanted Medicines and Drugs
Date:10/8/2007

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day Set For Saturday October 13 Proper Disposal of Drugs Critical To Combat Prescription and OTC Drug Abuse

CHICAGO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Rosecrance Health Network, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment to adolescents, adults and their families, said today it is partnering with Chicago's Department of Environment on an area wide "Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet" initiative to encourage families to properly dispose of unwanted and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medicines that could be misused or abused.

"Abuse and addictions to prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Valium, or Xanax and over-the-counter drugs like cough syrup are growing at an alarming rate," said Thomas E. Wright, M.D., medical director of adolescent services at Rosecrance, which serves teenage patients from throughout Illinois. "Teens sometimes think these drugs are safe because they are prescribed by a physician. But the main reason for the abuse is that these drugs are easily accessible and free. Adolescents find these drugs in the safety of their homes, or while visiting their grandparents or friends. They are just sitting there waiting to be used," Dr. Wright said.

To assist with the proper removal of drugs from their homes, Chicago's Department of Environment is hosting a special initiative to help families dispose of unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs. "Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day" is set for Saturday, October 13, when residents throughout Illinois will have the ability to dispose of those medicines that are outdated or are no longer needed by bringing them to a special drop-off center at Northeastern Illinois University at 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago.

Between the ages of 13 and 16, the abuse of prescription drugs increases significantly, according to Rosecrance admissions data. Incidents of first use of prescription opiates (such as Demerol, codeine or Vi
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