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U.S. to allow Pharmacies to Take back unwanted Rx Meds

Pharmacies and clinics in the U.S. will soon be allowed to take back unused prescription drugs, including opioid painkillers. According to the Wall Street Journal the change in policy will be issued in new Drug Enforcement Administration regulations effective next month.  This change addresses a request that many have made for the government to simplify how patients can safely dispose of unused pills. Click here to read the full article.

More Police are using Antidote for Opioid Overdose

Currently, over two dozen police departments across the nation are establishing programs to implement the use of naloxone to combat heroin and opioid pill overdoses. The antidote is administered by nasal spray, and its purpose is to block the effects of heroin or opioid painkillers.

Naloxone has been used for many years by paramedics and emergency room doctors, but as the U.S Office of National Drug Control encourages police departments to carry the antidote, many cities have already seen improvement. Quincy, Massachusetts was the first city to require all police officers on patrol to carry naloxone. “We embraced it and we ran with it,” said Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan. Not far behind, The New York City police force will soon be trained and equipped with the antidote as well, according to Police Commissioner William Bratton.

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Join the NEA HIN this Thursday, 2/20 at 1pm, est for a Webinar to Learn About Preventing Rx Drug Abuse in Your School

Join Miecha Gailbraith this Tuesday (2/18/14) at 1pm, EST for an hour long webinar as she instructs participants on how to implement?RX for Understanding: Preventing Drug Abuse Guide. Designed for grades 9-12, this educator?s resource guide is aligned with the National Health Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. The guide will equip students with the understanding and decision-making skills they need to recognize and avoid the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs.

How to Access the Webinar
To join the webinar, use the following link
and follow the instructions:
(Please note this content will not be available until Thursday, February 20, 2014)

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Guest Passcode: 255857

US Mayors Conference Announces Winners for Best Drug Abuse Prevention Programs

Friday January 24, 2014 – The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the winners of the Safeguard My Meds Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Recognition Program, during the 82nd Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.? Awards were given to outstanding local initiatives that have the greatest potential to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among young people.

Grants were made to Mayoral-based initiatives in four cities:

  • Columbus, IN
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Philadelphia, PA

This is the second round of grants awarded as part of the five-year partnership between USCM and Purdue Pharma L.P. The goal of the grants program is to support and/or enhance existing prescription drug abuse prevention programs in America?s cities, as well as encourage the development of new and innovative programs. Learn more about the U.S. Conference of Mayors Safeguard My Meds Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program.

RxSafetyMatters Receives 2013 Communicator Award for its Mobile Site

Stamford, CT (June 27, 2013) —, an online resource about preventing prescription drug abuse, recently received the 2013 Communicator Award (CA) for best mobile site in the category of Health and Wellness. The CA is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded nearly two decades ago, CA receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Read More

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