Monday, March 7, 2011

Old medicines can be dangerous, feed substance abuse

Cumberland Times-News (Cumberland, MD) March, 7, 2011

"Keeping a medicine cabinet cluttered with prescription bottles holding old pills can be a danger to your own health and the health of your family. Those old prescriptions may even be feeding drug abuse and drug trafficking. The out-of-date and unused prescription drugs are dangerous and contribute to a number of problems, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Most kids get their first introduction to drug abuse from the contents of old prescription bottles sitting in our medicine cabinets.
'Prescription drug abuse is epidemic in our country,' said Barbara Carreno, a spokeswoman for the DEA. 'Increasingly, prescription drugs are the gateway drugs for young people. The majority of young people tell surveyors that they get the drugs from friends and family,' she said." Read More

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