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USDOJ Announces Return Program For Drugs That Have Contributed to Thousands of Overdose Deaths

Tuesday, September 09, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Attorney General Eric Holder announced an expansion of a prescription drug return program Monday that would allow hospitals, pharmacies and other authorized entities to accept excess drugs, including opioid pain relievers that have contributed to thousands of overdose deaths.  An estimated 70% of people who misuse prescription painkillers for the first time report obtaining the drugs from friends or relatives, including home medicine cabinets, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  "As recently as 2011, more than half of the 41,300 unintentional drug overdose deaths in the United States involved prescription drugs — and opioid pain relievers were involved in nearly 17,000 of those deaths,'' Holder said.  Nearly 110 Americans died every day that year from drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Click here to read more.....

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