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CVS Caremark Offers Advice on Proper Management, Storage and Disposal of Medications in Light of New Study on Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs
Date:4/26/2013

ughout the U.S. participate in the Sharps Compliance Takeaway Environmental Return program, which provides customers with the ability to safely dispose of their unused, expired or unwanted drugs using affordable medication disposal envelopes. The postage-paid envelopes allow customers to mail their unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications through the U.S. Postal Service to a licensed, secure facility for safe destruction.

Saturday, April 27 is also National Drug Take Back Day, during which many law enforcement and municipal agencies across the country will hold public events that provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of drug disposal. For more information or to find a Take Back location in your area, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

"By taking the opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely disposing of unwanted drugs, you can help prevent the ingestion of expired medication that may have lost its effectiveness while also potentially keeping it out of the wrong hands," said Tankut.  "It's also important to properly store the medication you are keeping to prevent exposure to excessive heat, light or moisture. All medications in your home should also be kept out of reach of children."

CVS/pharmacy offers online resources on www.CVS.com to help patients keep track of their prescriptions, including the ability to easily view all of their prescriptions and manage refills, as well as a first-in-the industry online Prescription Calendar to help patients keep track of when to take their medications.

"Getting in the habit of routinely reviewing your medications, properly disposing of unused and unwanted drugs, and keeping your medications organized to ensure you take your prescriptions correctly are all easy and effective ways to help you and your family on the path to bette
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