Local pharmacies to accept Rx drugs Saturday
National Take Back Initiative happening around state to accept unwanted medications Saturday, April 26
Don’t know what to do with your unused or expired medications?
On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local drug stores, law enforcement agencies and grocery stores will accept unwanted prescription drugs during the eighth National Take Back Initiative.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors the regular event to prevent pill abuse and theft by offering an opportunity for people to rid their homes of potentially dangerous pills. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps — only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, and people will not have to answer any questions.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 4,000 sites. Combined with the amount collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in 3.4 million pounds — more than 1,700 tons — of pills.
Unused medicines in home cabinets may be taken and misused. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. However, flushing unused medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Click the button below to see where you may drop off unwanted medications in the region.
Program raises awareness of problem gambling
Prevention Network joins forces with the New York Council on Problem Gambling
By Cheryl Thomas-Prevention Network Parent Outreach-Problem Gambling Initiative
Prevention Network has again received funding from the New York Council on Problem Gambling for 2014 to increase the number of parents who are committed to talking to their children about the dangers associated with underage gambling.
2014 marks the third year that Prevention Network has joined forces with the NY Council on Problem Gambling to reach out to parents. This year, the project’s focus is getting parents to talk to their children about problem gambling. The 2014 project includes the launch of a new video titled “Go Away Monster” that portrays the effects of problem gambling on families. The video and accompanying toolkit can both be found for FREE at DontBetYet.com.
THE DAMAGE THAT “MEDICAL” MARIJUANA CAUSES
1.Medi-pot is not limited to only certain designated disability conditions.
The use of smoked or eaten crude marijuana in “medical” marijuana states is not limited to those with designated disability conditions. Proponents of “medical” marijuana even admit that it has become a bad joke. A recent study in 2007 examining California’s average “medical” marijuana patients found that the average “patient” was a 32-year-old white male with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and no history of a life-threatening disease. Additionally, in Colorado, only 2% of users reported cancer, and less than 1% reported HIV/AIDS as their reason for cannabis. In Colorado, the average age of cardholders is 41 and 68% are male.