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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

ponsibility," said Keith Hodges, RPh, of the National Community Pharmacists Association. "Through the Safeguard My Meds campaign, we hope that more Americans will understand how critical it is to safely store their medicines in their homes."  

Hicks, NCPA and Purdue want the public to know there are many ways to safeguard prescription medicines. For instance, medicines at greater risk of being abused – such as pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and depressants – should be kept in locked storage containers. These medicines are targets for theft, so extra precautions should be taken. Other measures include taking an inventory of prescription medicines in the home at least twice a year; storing medicines in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children and pets; and never sharing prescription medicine with anyone else. October is American Pharmacists Month and a great time to ask your community pharmacist about your prescription drugs. As medication experts, community pharmacists can help patients get the most benefit from their medicine and can help ensure safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal.

Information on safe medicine storage, along with a variety of downloadable print, video and online materials with valuable tips can be found at www.SafeguardMyMeds.org. Visitors to the site can also take the Personal Responsibility Pledge and make a commitment to safeguard their prescription medicine and help keep it out of the wrong hands.  

About the National Community Pharmacists Association

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including
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