The Prevent Opioid Abuse Team with Rhonda Miller, Founder of Speak Up for Ben, an organization dedicated to curbing the opioid epidemic, at a Community Forum in Bethlehem, PA, where nearly 200 people came out on a rainy Saturday night and among the topics was our Patient Notification Legislation.
From CBS News:
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes data about drug overdose mortality rates in every state, annually. Here is a look at the states ranked by overdose-related death rates for 2016, the most recent year available.”
From USA Today:
“A new opioid tablet that is 1,000 times more potent than morphine and 10 times stronger than fentanyl was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Friday as a fast-acting alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals.”
This Saturday, November 10, communities throughout the country will participate in the 10th Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) National Day of Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and Safe Disposal, an event that helps to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and encourages safe disposal of prescription drugs.
Prescription drug drop boxes are available 24 hours, seven days a week in many communities and can be located using the AMCC RX Drop mobile app or at AmericanMedicineChest.com.
If you cannot participate in the National Day of Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and Safe Disposal, you can still take the American Medicine Chest Five-Step Challenge throughout the year:
Take inventory of the medicines in your home
Dispose of any unused, unwanted and expired medicines
Secure the medicines you keep
Take your prescription as directed
Speak to children about the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs
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Like so many moms across the country, Elaine’s son became addicted to opioid pain pills, after they were subscribed to him to treat a sports injury. And, like many moms across the country, Elaine had no clue her son was addicted to them. Sadly, her son lost his life to a heroin overdose, and Elaine set out to change the laws across the country. She founded a nationwide advocacy group that pushes for legislative change to drug policies in each state.
From the New York Times:
Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment.