How to Safely Dispose of Prescription Medication

Unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications can stay in your medicine cabinet for years. If you have children at home, this can be risky. They may unknowingly take a high-potency pain medication thinking it would help their headache go away, or they may experiment with the prescription medication or offer them to friends. If you haven’t already, it’s time to take stock of the prescription and over-the-counter medications that you have in your home. Make sure they are properly labeled and out of reach from children. If they are expired or you no longer need them, it’s a good idea to get them out of your house to reduce the risk of prescription drug misuse. Instead of flushing your prescription medication down the drain, follow these guidelines for proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications from the Office of National Drug Control Policy: •    Take your prescription medications out of their original containers so that there is no indication of what the drugs are. •    Mix the remaining…

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More on the OxyContinuum from Steve Bruno

The below is reprinted from Interventionist Steven Bruno's newsletter.  He can be contacted by calling 800-880-0330 or visiting http://www.MoreThanHope.com Why is it that almost all of my interventions these days seem to have to do with the pain-killer OxyContin? It didn't used to be like this. Take "Sandra" for example, (not her real name): she is 22 years old, from Washington state, and, until two years ago, was an honor student with bright blue eyes, shimmering hair framing rosy cheeks and a broad smile.  I got her into treatment this past week so hopefully that smile will return. But it's gone now. Over the course of two short years she became depressed and isolated; a shadow that her own family barely recognized.  She dyed her hair black and smeared on heavy mascara and thick make-up to cover her acne scars. When the family hired me to do the intervention, "Sandra" was living with a drug dealer, working in a strip club, shooting and smoking OxyContin and was completely alienated…

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PrescriptionAddictionRadio.com

Larry Golbom is a pharmacist who definitely understands the dynamics of the silent epidemic of prescription drug addiction in America.  "Larry G" hosts a radio show every Sunday night from 9-11 PM (EST) to make listeners aware of the dangers of drugs like OxyContin.  You can listen to the radio show and listen to the archives on PrescriptionAddictionRadio.com. Larry G's site has a wealth of information and links that will be enlightening to the individual who is suspicious about the legality of benefit of OxyContin. I would highly recommended starting off by listening to "Oxycontin - Biggest medical hoax in last 100 years." In this .mp3 download, Larry G draws a great parallel between Purdue Pharma's promotion of OxyContin in the 1990s and Bayer's promotion of   heroin in the 1890s.  Both companies profited by promoting these highly addictive substances with medical "studies," promotional gifts,  and free samples. Larry G is on the forefront to the battle against the unethical prescribing of narcotic painkillers.  Be sure to click on some…

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OxyContin: ‘A Rocket Ship to Heroin

I just wanted to post a shout out to the Cape Cod Times which published an article with the most accurate title that describes the relationship between OxyContin and heroin I have ever read. OxyContin: 'A Rocket Ship to Heroin' Click above to read the article. Some highlights: OxyContin has become so widely abused that the addiction rate for the drug in Massachusetts increased by 950 percent over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "OxyContin is not just a gateway to heroin, it's a rocket ship to heroin," Tolman said. More people have also been dying from overdosing on heroin and OxyContin. Between 2002 and 2007, 3,265 people in Massachusetts died of opiate-related overdoses, officials said. By comparison, Massachusetts lost 78 soldiers in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq during that time. "We need to consider opiate medications to be poison," Capeless said. "It has legitimate uses, but it is still poison."

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Massachusetts Government Battles the OxyContin Epidemic

  U.S. Congressman Bill Delahunt held a meeting earlier this month to address the related issues prescription drug abuse and heroin overdose.  Unless you are a first time visitor to our blog, then you will be familiar with our take on the connection between OxyContin and heroin overdose. We’ve written at length about how the epidemic of heroin addiction and overdose is closely related to the abuse of prescription drugs like OxyContin.  The State of Massachusetts recently released a report that stated “The Commonwealth is in the midst of a serious and dangerous epidemic.” This same report pointed out that between 2002 and 2007, 78 citizens of Massachusetts lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan while 3,265 citizens died from drug related causes. Representative Delahunt headed up a committee on April 12th to try and brainstorm solutions to this growing problem.  Delahunt discussed the prevalence of prescription medications that are illegally purchased in Florida and brought to Massachusetts.  85% of the country’s OxyContin prescriptions are written in Florida. Rep.…

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Accidental Prescription Drug Overdoses on the Rise

Accidental overdose of prescription drugs has become the second leading cause of death in the United States, according to a study in the recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study’s researchers found a 37 percent increase in accidental poisoning by opioids, sedatives and tranquilizers between 1999 and 2006. In comparison, accidental poisonings by drugs and other substances increased 21 percent during that time. “People have seen the headlines related to Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith and they think that’s tragic but maybe contained to Hollywood,” Dr. Jeffrey H. Coben of West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown told Reuters Health. “But the fact of the matter is we are seeing, across the country, very significant increases in serious overdoses associated with these prescription drugs.” The prescription drugs most likely to be abused include the following: Opioids, such as OxyContin, morphine, methadone and Percocet Sedatives and tranquilizers, including Valium, Xanax and Ativan The number of hospital admissions due to the accidental overdose of…

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The OxyContinuum by Interventionist Steven Bruno

It is time for the companies who manufacture Oxycontin and  other opiates to take responsibility for the unintended effects these drugs are having. Heavy opiates, prescribed to ease pain of surgery or accidents are taking a huge toll on our children - our sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers. Every day we can read a news story about the tragic effects of these highly addictive painkillers.  The FDA is supposed to protect us, but the fact is that these drugs kill approximately 200,000 people a year in the U.S. alone, more than four times our total losses in the Vietnam War.. So what can we do about it? We can start by collecting the facts. Call every drug treatment center in your area and ask what percentage of their clients are addicted to painkillers like OxyContin.  If you work in the treatment industry and already know the answer, then document your information and send it to the FDA and demand responsible controls. These drugs aren't made in illegal labs,…

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The “New Silk Road” of Heroin Smuggling

Kazakhstan is a country known mainly to Americans as the home of Borat, the farcical character perpetrated on the world by comedian Sasha Baron Cohen. However, Kazakhstan also sits on the “New Silk Road” of heroin smuggling that connects Asia and Europe. Afghanistan supplies and estimated 90% of Europe’s heroin (and 75% of the world’s heroin).  Global political and economical factors have created a “perfect storm” of supply and demand for heroin between the manufacturers in the east and the consumers in the west (read about the Global Heroin Manufacturing Empire). The New Silk Road of heroin smuggling is through the poor republics of the former Soviet Union.  The poverty in this region makes it rife with willing participants and the under trained and poortly equipped police forces can’t compete with the multi billion dollar industry. The city of Almaty in Kazakhstan is a particular hub. Last year about 30,000 kilos were trafficked into Europe through this city.  Authorities in the area struggle to make a dent in this…

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Teen Heroin Use Rising in Los Angeles Suburbs

According to an article written by the LA Times, the heroin use in Glendale and La Crescenta is rising as LA based gangs make their way into these suburbs and educate and give away the drug to users who are “at risk”of addiction and overdose. Per the Glendale Police, all drug related offenses that were investigated in the Crescenta Valley during the month of January were attributed to heroin. This comes at a time when a variety of factors is leading the nation’s youths and young adults into a dangerous love affair with opiates and other drugs like ecstasy, inhalants, meth.   The factors are as disparate as prescription drug legislation and the geopolitical climate that affects Afghanistan (the source of much of the world’s heroin).  The global economy and the United State’s proximity to Mexico also have an influence on this “perfect storm” for heroin overdose (read an article about Three Unlikely Partners in Crime: Afghanistan, Mexico, and Prescription Drugs Manufacturers). Why is this relevant to our StopOxy.com blog?…

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