Unsafe medication storage, disposal linked to drug abuse, accidents, water contamination
September 23, 2010
Alaska's prescription drug abuse rates have increased seven-fold since 2005. Left-over medications in our homes contribute to child poisonings and potentially fatal recreational or accidental misuse.
Several city, borough, and
state agencies, businesses, non profits and government entities
teamed up to hold trial disposal events in April 2010. The events
went so well the partners formed the Alaska Safe Medicine Alliance
to host this statewide disposal event.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010
WHERE: 45 locations statewide, including the Ketchikan Trooper Post located at 7366 Tongass Highway.
WHY: Home medicine cabinets are the source of prescription drugs abused by one in five teens, and are a target for home burglaries. Unsafe disposal, such as flushing old medications, puts potent chemicals in waterways, potentially contaminating drinking supplies and harming fish and other aquatic wildlife.
WHO: This public event is hosted by the Alaska Safe Medicine Alliance and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
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