NEW YORK, N.Y. – On Saturday, Nov. 10, the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) will be held in communities throughout the nation to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
This initiative will challenge families across the United States to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:
- Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
- Lock your medicine chest.
- Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine in your home or at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.
- Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled prescription drug abuse an epidemic, reporting that the death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled in the past decade and more than 40 people die every day from overdoses involving narcotic pain relievers.
According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtained them from friends or relatives, and, there has been a 400% increase in substance abuse treatment admissions for people abusing prescription drugs.
According to AMCC Chief Executive Officer Angelo M. Valente, “the goal of this community based public health initiative is to inform families of the need to dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine because these excess medicines can be a danger lurking in the family home.”
“The American Medicine Chest 5-Step Challenge will help save the lives of your children,” Valente explained. He explained that disposal locations, both permanent and one day sites, can be found on AmericanMedicineChest.Com or through the AMCC RX Drop Mobile App. The AMCC website www.americanmedicinechest.com is also a comprehensive repository of information on the Nov. 10, event as well as prescription drug abuse prevention.
“With over 1,000 community, government, and local law enforcement partners in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and two Indian Nations, we are on our way to a truly historical nationwide awakening to the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” explained Valente.
AMCC is sponsored by PhRMA, Generic Pharmaceutical Association, The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the American College of Emergency Room Physicians, and Covanta Energy.