Friday, June 18, 2010

“Lock Your Meds” campaign increases awareness of over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse statewide

Connecticut Plus (online) June 16:

"Connecticut’s Prescription Monitoring Program’s (PMP) 'Lock Your Meds' campaign was designed to raise awareness and educate Connecticut residents about of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse and the proper storage and disposal of expired or unwanted medications. 'Experimentation with OTC and prescription medications among youths has been a growing problem for years but only recently has the pressing concern been brought to attention,' said Jerry Farrell, Jr., Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection. 'Connecticut is taking every measure possible to protect our teens and young adults.' The National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted every other year since 1991, assessed prescription drug abuse among high school students for the first time in 2009. Survey findings, showing that 1 in 5 U.S high school students said they have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription, were recently released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
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