Community News 9/25/14
Adena Pharmacy is joining the fight against drug abuse by taking part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Adena Pharmacy is partnering with the City of Chillicothe Police Department for this event, where officers will safely dispose of all prescription medicines, free of charge and no questions asked.
The public is invited to drop off old prescription medications Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, located at 446 Hospital Road on Adena’s campus in Chillicothe.
Adena Pharmacist Richard Ash shares the importance of this community-wide initiative. “We have all these medicines in our cabinets that we don’t use anymore,” he says. “We keep them thinking we might need them someday; but, this is where a lot of the prescription drug abuse starts, in the home medicine cabinet.”
Non-medical use of controlled substance medications is at an all-time. Nearly 7 million Americans reported having abused prescription drugs in 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). That same study shows that more than 54 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
The event is part of Adena’s Prescription Drug Safety Initiative, an ongoing effort to educate our community and raise awareness about the drug abuse problem. The program is made possible by a grant from Cardinal Health Foundation....Read More