Wash. county launches pill drop-off program

Law enforcement officials in Snohomish County, Wash. have implemented a drop-off program for unwanted and unused prescription drugs to deal with the area’s growing pain pill addiction problem, according to this article on HeraldNet.com. A similar project by Seattle-based nonprofit Group Health Cooperative yielded 30,000 pounds of unused medications in three years, the article says. Three in five teenagers report that painkillers are easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinet, while more than half of prescription drug abusers report that they get the painkillers from family or friends, according to the article.

Other areas that have launched prescription drop-off programs include New Jersey and San Diego.

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