The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled prescription drug abuse an epidemic, reporting that the majority of drug overdose deaths, more than six out of ten, involve an opioid and, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin) nearly quadrupled since 1999. More than 78 people die every day from overdoses involving narcotic pain relievers.
"With over 2,000 community and law enforcement partners nationwide, an awakening to the dangers of prescription drug abuse and a call to action to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and unneeded medicine is continuing," explained Valente, who noted disposal locations across the country can be found on AmericanMedicineChest.Com or through the free Mobile App "AMCC RX Drop."
AMCC is supported by PhRMA, The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the American College of Emergency Room Physicians, and Covanta Energy and is a subsidiary of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
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SOURCE American Medicine Chest Challenge