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NADDI and the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance Join Attorney General Bondi in Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse
Date:8/16/2011

the devastating impact prescription drug abuse and misuse has on communities throughout the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug overdoses killed seven Floridians per day in 2009. The C.A.R.E.S. Alliance and NADDI believe that national, state and local cooperation is critical in bending the curve of abuse in Florida and across the country.  

"We all play a role in combating abuse and misuse and improving patient and public safety," said the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance representative Herbert Neuman, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer – Pharmaceuticals for Covidien. "A successful long-term solution can be found, but only through collaboration with groups like NADDI, more focused community education and better resources for prescribers and pharmacists."

Charlie Cichon, Executive Director of NADDI, agrees with the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance's focus on collaboration. "It is unique partnerships like these that really make a difference. We believe that collaboration through this initiative and others will further our progress against illegal diversion of legitimate, prescription medicines."

On August 27, through a unique partnership, more than 70 pharmacies and law enforcement offices throughout Florida will participate in the Drug Take Back Day and will be accepting unused medications. To identify your community partners and to find the drop off site nearest you, please visit www.projectdrugdrop.com or www.caresalliance.org.

About the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance

Launched in September 2010, the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance is a coalition of ten national patient safety, provider and drug diversion organizations focused on reducing opioid pain medication abuse and increasing responsible prescribing habits. The C.A.R.E.S. Alliance was created by Covidien, a pharmaceutical manuf
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