Monthly Archives April 2015

5 Tips For Spring Cleaning the Medicine Cabinet

Spring cleaning. It’s a rite of the season, from closets to the garage to the garden. An important area to consider adding to the list: the medicine cabinet. It’s easy to stuff it full of medications and bandages, but leftover prescription medications can cause harm if they aren’t properly disposed. Here are five tips to safely and effectively spring clean the medicine cabinet and properly dispose of medications, including: Remove nearly empty bottles of over-the-counter medications, especially liquids if there isn’t enough left for a full dose. Discard improperly stored medications as they may have evaporated over time, making them
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Pharmacy Robberies on the Rise

Taking a look at California robbery statistics in this article shows a rise in pharmacy robberies over the past few years.  It’s a sad trend to see, but it’s linked to the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the country.  If there wasn’t a demand for illegal use of prescription drugs we might not be seeing this trend. In a 2013 document titled “Pharmacy Robberies, Burglaries and Thefts,” the task force created by the local DEA’s office of diversion control and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department noted the steady rise in California pharmacy robberies since 2007. The document also points
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Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse from a Police Officer’s Perspective

Prescription drug abuse as seen through the eyes of a current police officer.  Not only does the article has some good tips and safety precautions, but it also provides a unique perspective on the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug use and Health show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over whom used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.
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Tips to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse in the Home

A lot is said about how prescription drug abuse is becoming a nationwide epidemic that needs to be stopped.  Getting concrete tips on how to prevent drug abuse in the home is a great step toward stemming the problem.  Having ways to actually take action, like using Deterra, is what is going to create a change nationally. More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and much of the abuse begins at home. In fact, more than 70 percent of those who illegally use prescription pain relievers obtained them through
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National Rx Drug Abuse Summit Summary

by Christine Horton, Verde Technologies Chief Commercial Officer   The Deterra team was in Atlanta the first week of April for the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, an event that attracted experts and advocates in the area of prescription drug abuse prevention. It was heartening to be part of this impressive group of individuals and organizations in action, all working to tackle the prescription drug abuse epidemic from every angle. We had so many thoughtful, productive conversations about the problem and how the Deterra Drug Deactivation System addresses the issue of drug disposal safely and efficiently.   We also heard
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How Do You Fight Prescription Drug Abuse Without Penalizing Chronic Pain Victims?

This article offers a look at some of the challenges of fighting against prescription drug abuse.  Part of the difficulty lies in the fact that so much of the use of prescription drugs is legitimate and no one wants to harm those who truly need prescription drugs for pain management. Recent reports indicate that approximately 100 million Americans, almost a third of the population, have suffered from chronic pain because of injuries or illnesses. And 5 million to 8 million of those people have used prescription opioids for long-term pain management. The challenge for legislators, law enforcement and the health
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Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

This article is an examination of some of the overall trends and statistics in the prescription drug abuse epidemic.  It does a good job of laying out the basics and getting people up to speed on the topic.  It especially has interesting statistics about how people are getting started with prescription drug abuse.  More articles like this lead to a greater awareness of the problem and will help in the fight against prescription drug abuse. One of the most common forms of substance abuse that we see or deal with these days is the abuse of prescription drugs. Prescription drug
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Prescription Drug Abuse Across the U.S. in Photos

This article takes an interesting look at prescription drug abuse across the country in a series of photos highlighting individuals who have been impacted.  Click through to see the whole photo essay. Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic. From New York’s Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet
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Heath Ledger’s Father Sets Up Charity to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is experienced at all levels of society.  One of the most famous people to have suffered from it in recent memory was Heath Ledger.  His tragic death has motivated his father to set up a charity to fight prescription drug abuse in his name.  Any step toward fighting the prescription drug epidemic is a good one.  Our goal here at Deterra is to end prescription drug abuse nationwide and hopefully this charity is just another resource to help us in that fight. Heath Ledger’s father has set up a prescription drug abuse charity to help save others from the
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