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"7th Heaven" and "Game Time" Star Catherine Hicks to Appear at the National Community Pharmacists Association's Convention October 10, 2011 in Nashville for Education Effort to Help Prevent Prescription Medication Abuse
Date:10/10/2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Unused and easily accessible medicines have the potential to be misused and abused by anyone entering a home – including teens and young adults. Actress and parent advocate Catherine Hicks is making a national appeal to Americans to take personal responsibility for properly storing and disposing of prescription medicines to help prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Hicks will be taking her message to the National Community Pharmacists Association's (NCPA) annual convention October 10, 2011. She will be available at the NCPA Pavilion from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. to talk one-on-one with pharmacy staff about the Safeguard My Meds education initiative. Safeguard My Meds is a national educational program from NCPA and Purdue Pharma L.P. to increase awareness about the importance of safe storage and disposal of prescription medicine in an effort to reduce the risk of misuse and abuse.

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"As the parent of a teenager, I know how important this issue is. Every day, more than 2,500 teenagers abuse prescription medicine for the first time, and they often don't even need to leave the house to find medicine to abuse," noted Hicks. "When we keep prescription medicine in our homes, we have a personal responsibility to safeguard that medicine. We can all make a difference by storing and disposing of our medicine in the right way."  

Government statistics show that 70% of people age 12 and older who abused prescription pain relievers say they got them from a friend or relative. One in five U.S. high school students say they have abused a prescription medicine at least once in their lives.

"When used as directed, prescription medicines play an important role in treating a wide range of medical conditions. Patients must have access to prescription medicine, but with that access comes res
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