CADCA supports President Barack Obama’s remarks yesterday on prescription drug abuse and heroin use at a community forum in West Virginia, a state significantly impacted by this epidemic.

“We commend the President for speaking out on this important issue, which is devastating families and communities across our nation. The community forum underscored the importance of reducing the stigma around substance abuse addictions and the need for all sectors of society to work hand-in-hand in comprehensive solutions.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and the educators at America’s 55 poison centers are celebrating National Health Education Week by promoting the safe use, storage, and disposal of over-the-counter medicines.

CADCA has been raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter cough medicine abuse during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM) all October long. The month has been in full-swing with myriad activities. One way you can participate in NMAAM is by participating in CADCA’s Twitter Chat next week. That’s right, CADCA is hosting a virtual discussion with Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Deputy Director of State, Local, and Tribal Affairs Mary Lou Leary.

Washington, D.C. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) supports President Barack Obama’s remarks this afternoon on prescription drug abuse and heroin use at a community forum in West Virginia, a state significantly impacted by this epidemic.

CADCA is raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter cough medicine abuse during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month in October.

CADCA is asking coalitions to spread the word to your communities that medicine abuse has become an epidemic.

CADCA is raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter cough medicine abuse during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month this month.

CADCA is asking coalitions to spread the word to your communities that medicine abuse has become an epidemic.

Did you know that one in 25 youth ages 12 through 17 has abused cough medicine to get high from its dextromethorphan ingredient, and one in 5 young adults has abused a prescription drug? Did you know that prescription painkiller overdoses have more than tripled in the past two decades, killing more than 15,500 people in the United States in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CADCA and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals launched a pilot project in Florida's Hillsborough, Collier, and Seminole counties on September 26 to ensure the safe and effective disposal of prescription medications. This pilot project is the next step in the overall strategy to prevent prescription drug misuse in Florida.

The kick-off event took place at CVS Pharmacy locations where participants were given a home disposal pouch to render their prescription drugs ineffective for misuse.

Did you know that one in 25 youth ages 12 through 17 has abused cough medicine to get high from its dextromethorphan ingredient, and one in 5 young adults has abused a prescription drug? Did you know that prescription painkiller overdoses have more than tripled in the past two decades, killing more than 15,500 people in the United States in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, organizations and coalitions will hold special events at some 5,000 collection sites around the nation to return all unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe and anonymous disposal. This is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in the past five years.

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