While prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, any medication has the potential to do harm—especially when misused. Misuse often can lead to serious legal, social, and health consequences as drug overdoses now represent the leading cause of accidental death in the United States (Centers for Disease Control).
With so much at stake for families and communities, Anton Media Group has partnered with the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), Inc. to promote its Cardinal Health Foundation Generation Rx: Safe Medicine Practices for Life Campaign. The campaign strives to increase awareness about safe medication use and encourages residents to dispose of unnecessary medications at any Nassau County police precincts or local village police departments.
“Anton Media Group is proud to dedicate advertising space and support the Generation Rx: Safe Medicine Practices for Life Campaign. We hope the campaign will help prevent prescription misuse as far too many residents and families know firsthand the painful consequences of prescription drug misuse,” said Angela Anton, editor and publisher, Anton Media Group.
Key messages of Manhasset CASA’s Safe Medicine Practices include:
• Only use prescription medications as directed by a health professional
• Never share prescription medications with others or use someone else’s prescription medications
• Always store medications securely to prevent others from taking them, and properly dispose of medications that you no longer need
• Be a good example to those around you by modeling these safe medication-taking practices and discussing the dangers of misusing prescription drugs with your family, friends, colleagues, students or patients.
According to the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, more than 47,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2014, and nearly 30,000 of these deaths involved prescription drugs. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. In addition, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (CDC). In 2015, 222 Nassau County residents died from an opiate overdose (Nassau County Medical Examiner).
In support of the campaign, CASA is providing local pharmacies with free fact cards which list safe practices along with precinct locations where residents can dispose of prescription drugs. Pharmacies interested in receiving free fact cards can contact Manhasset CASA at 516-267-7548.
Visit www.manhassetcasa.org for more information about Manhasset CASA.