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HRH Teams up with Attorney General

September 13, 2010
HRH teams up with Attorney General Steve Bullock and DEA for Operation Medicine Cabinet Montana Miles City – Holy Rosary Healthcare will give the community an opportunity to dispose of unused medications on Saturday, September 25. This event is held in conjunction with the Montana Department of Justice’s Operation Medicine Cabinet Montana and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Take-back Initiative. Montana ranks third in the nation for teen abuse of prescription pain relievers – nearly 20 percent of teens admit to abusing these drugs in the past year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Partnership for a Drug Free America reports that the majority of teens agree that prescription drugs are easier to get than other illicit drugs, including 63 percent who believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinet. Additionally, 70 percent of those who use prescription meds for non-medical purposes obtain those drugs from a friend or family member. “On June 5, Operation Medicine Cabinet Montana yielded over 1330 pounds of unused medication,” said Attorney General Steve Bullock. “These events limit easy access to drugs that are potentially dangerous when misused, and reduce the risk of accidental poisonings, illegal diversion and abuse in our community.” “Holy Rosary is pleased to be part of the Operation Medicine Cabinet program for the second time this year,” said Raylene Starck, PharmD, HRH pharmacy manager. “It’s important that people realize that safely removing unused or expired prescription medications from their medicine cabinet and potential circulation is vital. We had great response in June and would invite more people to return on the 25th.” What: Residents may bring expired or unwanted medications to be disposed of. Participants are encouraged to remove or blackout any personal information on the containers. Drop-offs are confidential and free of charge. The following items cannot be accepted: sharps/needles, chemo/radioactive drugs, or other, non-pharmaceutical waste. Where: Holy Rosary Healthcare main entrance, 2600 Wilson Street, Miles City When: 10 AM – 2 PM A map of all the events across the state can be found at www.doj.mt.gov/rxabuse.