Monthly Archives June 2015

Meridian Behavioral Health Announces Deterra® Drug Deactivation Program Roll Out to All Facilities for Safe Disposal of Unused Prescription Medications

First substance abuse and addiction treatment organization to integrate scientifically proven way to safely deactivate and dispose of unused methadone and other prescription medications MINNEAPOLIS (June 30, 2015) — Verde Technologies announced that New Brighton-based Meridian Behavioral Health, the largest for-profit substance abuse and addiction treatment group in Minnesota, has become its most recent partner in the deactivation and safe disposal of prescription medications including methadone. Meridian is the first behavioral health group to roll out the Deterra Drug Deactivation System to all 17 residential and outpatient facilities as well as one of the area’s largest medication assisted treatment clinics.
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Bringing communities and pharma together on cost-effective, green Rx drug disposal

This post is part two of a two-part series on new drug laws in the United States. Missed part one? Check it out here. Recently, governors in New Jersey, Oklahoma and Nevada have signed legislation to combat drug abuse, which the Center for Disease Control and Prevention classifies as an epidemic. Lawmakers in other states, including Illinois, are also working to pass laws asking state agencies to administer a statewide used prescription medication take-back program with local agencies and departments. While these measures are being developed to help reduce prescription drug abuse, other states are working to address the environmental
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New Tamper Resistant Tech

Here’s some cool new emerging tech in the world of preventing prescription drug abuse.  This is a finger print scanning pill dispenser that will only dispense pills at the prescribed intervals.  It’s still in the initial phases, but technical innovations like this could help prevent prescription drug abuse in the future. Prescription painkillers have become so widely misused and abused that many doctors now hesitate to prescribe them even to patients clearly in need of pain relief. Controlling what patients do with their prescription pills has been a major challenge for doctors, but a new tamper-resistant pill dispenser could help them
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Health IT Adoption is Slow

This is an interesting article tackling some of the issues with implementing new IT procedures for the pharmacy industry.  It seems generally agreed upon that some of these initiatives will help curb prescription drug abuse.  The problem seems to be rolling out these plans and getting them widely adopted. If health technology is ever going to achieve the goal of lowering the rates of prescription drug abuse, developers and policy makers will have to do more to encourage adoption of electronic prescribing systems among healthcare providers. In a panel discussion here at a recent health IT conference, experts agreed that
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Celebrity Foundation Promotes Awareness Of Youth Prescription Drug Abuse

It’s nice to see celebrities taking action against the prescription drug abuse epidemic in our country.  The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation has taken a step toward promoting awareness about the problem. Millennium Health, a leading health solutions company, and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation announced the availability of a short film, If Only, about the dangers of youth misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Read More
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Mass. Medical Society Launches Site to Fight Prescription-Drug Abuse

By targeting both physicians and patients in the state of Massachusetts this site hopes to lower prescription drug abuse in the state.  It seems like a well researched effort that is targeting the main groups which can prevent prescription drug abuse.  Hopefully their efforts will encourage other states to take actions which will prevent prescription drug abuse as well. The Massachusetts Medical Society on Monday announced the launch of a website as part of its efforts to reduction prescription-drug abuse in the state. The website, www.massmed.org/SmartScriptsMA, is “the cornerstone of the campaign announced last month by the physicians’ group to
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JCPD no longer has a place to dispose of prescription drugs

JEFFERSON CITY – The Jefferson City Police Department will no longer be able to take unneeded prescription drugs from the public. JCPD Captain Doug Shoemaker said prescription drugs have been piling up in the department’s evidence room since the Drug Enforcement Administration ended it’s “take back” program in 2014. “We thought maybe they would start it back up again,” Shoemaker said. “Unfortunately they didn’t, so we now no longer have a place to take the prescription medication that we used to take through the front lobby.” Shoemaker said the department continued to collected medicine in hopes to find an alternative.
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Growing Number of States Taking Action to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse, Safely Dispose of Drugs

This post is part one of a two part series on new drug laws in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention classifies prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. Fortunately, lawmakers across the country are taking significant steps toward reducing deaths related to prescription drug and opioid abuse. Recently, the issue even brought both parties together to create the Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus. South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott and fellow West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin reached across the aisle to form the caucus aimed at raising awareness “about helping the millions of American families whose
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Drug Deactivation System Safely Disposes Leftover Medications

Verde Technologies announced the availability of its Deterra® Drug Deactivation System (access http://www.deterrasystem.com). The only scientifically proven technology to safely deactivate and dispose of leftover prescription medications, Deterra places the power to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse directly in the hands of parents, grandparents, and communities by providing a way to safely remove unused prescription medications, including opioid agents, antibiotic drugs, transdermal patches, and other medications, from the home. Deterra uses MAT12® (Molecular Adsorption Technology) to deactivate unwanted, unneeded prescription drugs in pill, liquid, or patch formats, rendering them ineffective for misuse and safe for the environment. Deterra has
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Medications, cosmetics found in MN lakes and streams

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s lakes and streams are being polluted by personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and compounds that disrupt the endocrine process, which leads to changes in animal hormones and the reproductive process. That’s the finding of new research conducted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, just the latest in a series of studies investigating the presence and impact of chemicals in Minnesota’s surface water. Read More
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