BALTIMORE, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Accidental poisonings, including drug overdoses, now account for more deaths in the U.S. annually than car accidents, and in three out of four cases, the drug is a prescription pain medication. To advance the goal of ending the human tragedy associated with the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription pain medication, Ameritox is proud to support the seventh Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26, 2013.
"Clinicians are our first line of defense, but even the most closely monitored and well-intentioned patients often store prescriptions in their home," said Ameritox CEO Scott Walton. "The DEA's program is a critical backstop. Every unused pill collected is a pill that can't be misused, abused or diverted -- and that's a victory."
Ameritox is reaching out to all its employees, partners and customers to help the DEA surpass its previous record collections, and has established a convenient way to locate local collection sites online at www.ameritox.com/drugtakeback.
The DEA's efforts to collect unused and potentially harmful medication has taken more than 2.8 million pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescriptions out of circulation over the past three years. Medications can be surrendered to law enforcement anonymously with no questions asked.
Ameritox is the nation's leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions(SM), offering specialized laboratory testing and reporting services. Ameritox's expertise and innovative science provide physicians with the information and support they need to enhance and optimize the care of chronic pain patients. Monitoring through prescription drug testing can help physicians make more informed clinical decisions while also helping to reduce the possible risk of misuse, abuse or diversion of powerful medications. Ameritox is headquartered in Baltimore, Md. with laboratory facilities in Greensboro, N.C. Ameritox can be found online at www.ameritox.com, on Twitter @Ameritox, on Facebook at facebook.com/ameritox, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/ameritox.
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