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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

codin) by teenagers nearly double during this time period, sedative or tranquilizer use (including Xanax, Valium or Ambien) increases at even a faster rate and over-the-counter drug abuse show the same amount of increase. The National Monitoring the Future study from the University of Michigan reported that over 40 percent of older teens say that these types of prescription drugs are "fairly easy" or "very easy" to obtain. National trends indicate about 19 percent of teens have tried prescription medicine to get high, based on the 2005 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study which surveyed teenagers in 7th through 12th grades.

"Cutting off the supply of these drugs will play an enormous role in tackling this problem," Dr. Wright explained. "In addition parents have the responsibility to make sure their children understand that using prescription drugs intended for someone else is neither safe nor legal. These drugs -- which can be found in anyone's medicine cabinet because they are drugs which have a legitimate and appropriate use -- can also be addicting and deadly."

In addition to "Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day" on October 13, the City of Chicago has an ongoing drug disposal initiative at a special recycling facility. The City's website at http://www.cityofchicago.org/environment provides details on that program.

"Families that may have leftover prescriptions and over the counter drugs should throw them out," said Larry Merritt, spokesman, Chicago Department of Environment. "We want you to be able to get rid of these drugs properly -- not flushing them down the toilet where they can contaminate the water supply or throwing them in the garbage where they might become a drug source for somebody else. Bringing these drugs to a neighborhood collection date or to the city's permanent facility is the most effective way to clean out your medicine cabinet, protect your children and al
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