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Emergency Physicians Tell the Public,''Get Rid of Your Stash'' of Unwanted Meds on November 12th
Date:11/3/2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Emergency Physicians, a national sponsor of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, is educating the public about safe disposal of expired, unused and unwanted medications in order to reduce the likelihood of drug abuse or accidental overdose.  A recent study reports that prescription drugs were involved in more than 20,000 overdose deaths in 2008, more than half of the total 36,450 overdose deaths that year.

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"Emergency physicians treat patients harmed by medication every day, which is why we recommend everyone safely dispose of drugs they aren't using," said ACEP president David Seaberg, M.D., FACEP. "This is a good time to survey your home for medications that may be sitting in a cabinet or on a bedside table that you no longer need.  That includes over-the-counter medications as well as prescriptions."

The drug disposal event will take place on November 12, 2011,  in 44 states, the District of Columbia and two Native American nations. Everyone should take the five-step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

  • Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
  • Secure your medicine.
  • Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicines at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site (for a list of collection sites, visit www.americanmedicinechestchallenge.com) or in the trash as outlined below.
  • Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of drug abuse.

In areas without an American Medicine Chest Challenge disposal site, people should follow federal guidelines for safe disposa
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