This Saturday will mark the first American Medicine Chest Challenge, a national campaign to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse among teenagers and provide for the safe disposal for unused and unwanted pills. Taking place less than two months after the first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 21, the AMCC is a five-step initiative that will work with local communities in 36 states to organize drop-off locations and provide information on safe prescription drug use, according to this release. Unlike the Sept. 21 event which was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the AMCC is backed by an alphabet soup of advocacy groups representing major pharmaceutical companies, as well as generic and over-the-counter drug manufacturers – including Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin. The initiative is based on Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey, which took place November 2009 and received recognition from the 2010 Drug Strategy from the U.S. National Drug Control Policy earlier this year.
To find a drop-off location in your community, go here.
Read about the DEA sponsored Prescription Drug Take-Back Day here.