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Attorneys General Partner In Efforts To Prevent Medicine Abuse

Washington, DC---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is a partner in two national efforts this month to curb medicine abuse. The first is “The Medicine Abuse Project,” a national media and social engagement campaign launching Sept. 23 – 29 to raise awareness of the medicine abuse problem. The second is a national Prescription Drug “Take-back” Day, Sept. 29 to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

One in six teens is taking medicine to get high or change their mood, and the majority of them get it from family and friends, according to The Medicine Abuse Project, www.medicineabuseproject.org. The consequences of medicine abuse include increases in emergency room care and overdose deaths.

“Prescription drugs sitting around the house open the door to misuse and abuse,” said NAAG President and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. “Sadly, more young people are turning to easily accessible medicines to get high or for other reasons, leading to more emergency situations and tragically avoidable deaths. We need to continue to promote the danger of using drugs and how to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs so they don’t become household hazards to our kids.”

Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. NAAG has been a partner of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Take-back” days since its 2010 inception. Attorneys General around the country will be promoting state drop-off sites on Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collection sites can be found by going to www.dea.gov and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” banner at the top of the home page, which connects to a database citizens can search by zip code.

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