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Emergency Physicians Urge Americans to Take The American Medicine Chest Challenge November 13th
Date:10/21/2010

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /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 prescription medications in order to reduce the threat of drug abuse by children.  Seventy percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers indicated they got them from friends or relatives and a recent survey shows that one in nine children are abusing prescription pain relievers.

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"Emergency physicians see first-hand the dangers of prescription drug abuse, which is why we recommend that everyone take stock of the medicines in their homes," said ACEP president, Sandra Schneider, MD, FACEP. "Prescription drugs are the most abused drugs in America other than marijuana, and parents are the first line of defense between kids and the prescription medications.   If you don't need the medicines in your medicine chest, then your kids don't need them either."

The event will take place on November 13, 2010 in communities across the country. This initiative will challenge Americans to take the five-step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

  • Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
  • Lock your medicine chest.
  • 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).
  • Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers
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