Youngstown, OH (PRWEB) April 17, 2012
More people in the United States die each year from overdosing on prescription painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that abuse of prescription medications has become a public health epidemic, with one of every 20 people 12 years old or older admitting that they’ve used these drugs without a prescription and for nonmedical purposes.
Unused prescription medications are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse and improper disposal, observes Robert Martin, an officer with the Humility of Mary Health Partners police department. They are the source of many overdoses and accidental poisonings. In addition, improper disposal of these medications – flushing them down the drain or sending them to a landfill – poses hazards to the environment.
In an attempt to reduce the number of overdoses and accidental poisonings in the Mahoning Valley, HMHP will mark National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day by collecting unused prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown and St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.
Unused and expired prescription drugs can be dropped off at drive-through collection sites on the Belmont Avenue ramp at St. Elizabeth and at the main entrance at St. Joseph. Participation is free and anonymous.
Drug Take-Back Day, introduced by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2009, seeks to prevent potentially dangerous prescription drugs from being misused or disposed of improperly. During the DEA’s prescription drug take-back program last fall, participants collectively turned in some 377,086 pounds – more than 188 tons – of unwanted and expired medications at 5,327 take-back locations throughout the United States.
Medications collected need not be in original containers. If they are in original containers, identifying information should be removed. Liquid medications, intravenous solutions, injectible drugs and syringes will not be accepted.
About Humility of Mary Health Partners
Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. It is a region of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care and long-term care. Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. Learn more about HMHP online at http://www.HMpartners.org.