ATLANTA, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "One person dies every 19 minutes from prescription drug abuse in the United States." Many experts in the field of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse prevention believe the number of deaths from these drugs will decrease as a result of communities having a safe and convenient way to dispose of leftover Rx and OTC drugs.
In response to the growing demand and need for a safe and convenient way to dispose of leftover Rx and OTC drugs, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs (The Council) has donated a drug drop box in virtually every county in the state that requested one (128 counties to date). Georgia now has more law enforcement-maintained drug drop boxes than any other state in the country. The name of the campaign is "Operation Drug Drop Off." The Council has also launched an associated statewide Drug Drop Box Media Campaign to publicize the presence of these boxes.
The goals of this program are to keep Rx and OTC drugs from getting into the hands of children and grandchildren, to keep them off the street, and to prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings. At the same time the Campaign also allows citizens to dispose of their out of date and unwanted Rx and OTC drugs safely and securely, avoiding environmental contamination via improper disposal methods.
Items that can be placed in these secure drug drop boxes include expired and unused Rx drugs (non-narcotics and narcotics) and OTC drugs, medication samples, medicated ointment/lotion, drops, inhalers, unopened epi-pens, herbals, and veterinary medications. Items that should not be placed in the boxes include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.
Georgia citizens can locate their closest drug drop box location by visiting this website: www.StopRxAbuseinGA.org. For additional information or questions concerning Operation Drug Drop Off, please contact John Bringuel, MA, ICPS, at (404) 223-2484 or email Mr. Bringuel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on preventing alcohol and drug abuse please visit, www.livedrugfree.org.
SOURCE The Council on Alcohol and Drugs