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Physicians urge Americans to take The
American Medicine Chest Challenge November
-- 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
"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
"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
Take inventory of your prescription and
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, visitwww.americanmedicinechestchallenge.com).
Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
Talk to your children about the dangers of
prescription drug abuse.
In areas without an American Medicine Chest
Challenge disposal site, people should
follow federal guidelines for safe disposal
of prescription medications:
Take your prescription drugs out of their
Mix drugs with an unappealing substance,
such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
Put the mixture into a disposable container
with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub,
or into a sealable bag.
Conceal or remove any personal information,
including Rx number, on the empty containers
by covering it with black permanent marker
or duct tape or by scratching it off.
Place the sealed container with the mixture
and the empty drug containers in the trash.
"Parents also need to be award of the threat
of accidental poisonings of children, which
is another great reason to take stock of
what's in your medicine chest and around
your house," said Dr. Schneider.
A study published in Annals
of Emergency Medicine in
2008 reported that nearly 10,000 very young
children accidentally ingested opiates
prescribed for adults in their household
between 2003 and 2006.
ACEP is a national medical specialty society
representing emergency medicine. ACEP is
committed to advancing emergency care
through continuing education, research and
public education. Headquartered inDallas,
ACEP has 53 chapters representing each
state, as well as Puerto
A Government Services Chapter represents
emergency physicians employed by military
branches and other government agencies.
SOURCE American College of Emergency