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  1. Basoodler
    It’s not just families who must battle the challenges presented by the growing ranks of drug addicts. Law enforcement and health care workers are on those same front lines.

    It’s been documented that the jump in break-ins on the South Shore has been largely fueled by drug addicts desperate to feed their habits. Talk to police and you’re likely to hear a compassionate response acknowledging how drug addiction can transform a good person into a criminal.

    Health care workers who treat addicts in our hospital emergency rooms know the same. Massachusetts is ground zero in the nation for emergency room visits for overdoses.

    While reactive measures are necessary to combat crime and deaths associated with drug abuse, prevention is the preferred goal.

    Under the leadership of newly sworn-in Chief Phil Tavares, the police department recently installed a drug-disposal receptacle in the station’s lobby. There, people can deposit any kind of prescription drug in as large a quantity as they have, no questions asked. It’s the first of its kind in Plymouth County.
    Police said it will help reduce the on-the-street availability of highly addictive drugs – specifically opiates, the abuse of which often leads to heroin addiction.

    “Our traditional efforts have been geared toward education and enforcement,” Tavares said. “This piece reduces the availability by providing a safe way of disposing of prescription drugs from peoples’ medicine cabinets and nightstands that could be misused and abused.”

    Selectman Matt McDonough brought the idea from Norfolk County, where he once served as a prosecutor. Tavares said it’s his hope that the program will spread across the county and eventually help reduce both crime and addiction.

    When the worst happens and a loved one overdoses, time is of the essence. Having on hand a powerful drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose can and has saved lives. According to the state Department of Public Health, 1,700 Massachusetts residents were saved using naloxone in the past six years.

    In its long-running series on overdoses, The Patriot Ledger reported that 99 people, or one person every eight days, fatally overdosed in Quincy, Weymouth and Braintree in 2009 and 2010.

    In order to have naloxone available to save an addict’s life, those around the addict must be adequately trained to administer the powerful drug. That’s exactly what Bay State Community Services in Quincy is doing, and we commend the agency for it.

    Like Tavares, Sheriff Joseph McDonald believes in the proactive principle of a drug disposal program. Under the sheriff’s department, however, he has the opportunity to make it countywide.

    “We are partnering with District Attorney Tim Cruz, our Plymouth County police chiefs and Triad groups to develop a safe drug disposal program,” McDonald said.

    For McDononald, it’s personal. His 23-year-old cousin, whom he described as active and athletic, died of an overdose soon after he started using drugs.

    By partnering with the county and making drugs less accessible, perhaps more lives will be saved.

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  1. Basoodler
    Marshfield drug disposal bin fills up quickly

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30384&stc=1&d=1355770047[/imgl]MARSHFIELD — Town leaders said they’ve collected and safely destroyed thousands of prescription pills since installing a drug-disposal receptacle in the police station lobby.

    The receptacle, in place since Oct. 29, allows residents to get rid of their unused and expired prescription medication at any time. Police said it will reduce the number of addictive drugs, specifically opiates, that are accessible to recreational users.

    The receptacle filled up and needed to be emptied within two weeks of being installed, Police Chief Phil Tavares said. A week later, it was almost filled again, he said.

    “There’s been nothing but positive responses,” Tavares said. “A lot of people have said, ‘Now I know what to do with my medicine.’”
    The receptacle also lessens the likelihood of people flushing medicine down the toilet, a practice that can cause water-system pollution.

    The police will pick up medication from residents who can’t get to the police station. All disposals are anonymous and come with “no questions asked,” Tavares said.

    Selectman Matthew McDonough, a former lawyer with the Norfolk County district attorney’s office, proposed bringing the drug receptacle to town after seeing them used successfully in Norfolk County. The collection units, manufactured by Wisconsin-based MedReturn, are in 25 Norfolk County communities.
    Marshfield is the only Plymouth County town with a MedReturn receptacle. However, Hingham was the first Plymouth County town to acquire a drug drop-off box, using a donation from a local civic group to buy a unit from U.S. Mail Supply, also based in Wisconsin.

    Hingham’s receptacle will be available inside its police station by the end of this month, Hingham police Sgt. Steven Dearth said.

    Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald is working with District Attorney Timothy Cruz to implement a countywide drug-disposal program, said Karen Barry, spokeswoman for the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.

    McDonough, whose 23-year-old cousin died from a drug overdose in 2004, said cleaning out medicine cabinets will save lives because addiction is a fast-acting affliction.

    “In a very short time, he (my cousin) went from being a very active, athletic kid to having his overdose and passing away,” he said. “It’s so tough for families to recover from.”

    The drug receptacle in Marshfield’s police station sits next to a red plastic bin meant for needles and syringes only. The 30-gallon bucket was donated by Walgreens.


    By Patrick Ronan

    Last update Dec 12, 2012 @ 03:15 AM





    Read more: http://www.patriotledger.com/featur...g-disposal-bin-fills-up-quickly#ixzz2FJhSjFyo
  2. nitehowler
    Is it how drugs turn people into criminals or how ridiculous government policies turn people into criminals???
    Ime sure that ridiculous government regulations create drug criminals.

    Where are the police when their needed most?

    Busting drugs while steeling and murders are taking place.

    Speeding tickets and marijuana must be more important than missing children and murders.

    Governments need to get their priorities right cause the system definitely needs a revamp.

    I might donate a drug disposal container outside the police station and put my own lock on it-geez i come up with good ideas.

    Then maybe ile donate a coin operated disposed drug dispensary next to it for environmental recycling purposes. LOL COME ON!!!!

    Look at the coppers above imagine them outside the chemist everytime you picked your meds up lolol
  3. Phaeton
    The drug laws make the criminals, this is lawbreaking.

    Coming from a Law enforcement family (6 LEO's) I have to disagree with most every other statement made in the above rant.

    Locally the heroin market is stable and prices similar to the national average. Prescription pill availability varies greatly. Quite often script oxycodon will be plentiful for a short time.
    When the short time is over the heroin is still available, cheaper also.

    The program is designed to slow the first time use of script by the uninitiated, a small percentage of which will try the easier to procure heroin when the script becomes unavailable.

    For this purpose it helps a small number of people. The program does nothing for the hardcore user, nor is it designed to.

    I found that plainly obvious by the statements of the officers.

    I am offended by the rant and do not find the ending attempt at humor funny.

    This is opinion, as was yours.
  4. nitehowler
    Sorry mate just thought ide add a little humor didn't mean to offend you.
  5. kailey_elise
    The City of Lynn, MA (which is part of the North Shore, in Essex County) has one of these drop-off boxes. From what I understand, the vast majority of the medicines turned in aren't even scheduled - they tend to be things like heart medication, vitamins, cholesterol meds, NSAIDs, etc. IMO, most prescriptions for opioids tend to be small (9-15 tablets) & prescribed during times of pain (tooth extraction, back spasm, etc) & thus are generally consumed quickly for the problem they were legitimately prescribed for. :/

    While it's a great thought, I sadly don't think it really makes any kind of impact & the money could have been better spent in other areas of addiction prevention. *sigh*

    Also, there are huge drives a few times a year where they heavily promote the dropping off of old/unused medications, though I guess it's nice to be able to drop them off any time you want.

    But...you've ALWAYS been able to bring unused medication back to the pharmacy to be disposed of. Many pharmacies in our area are 24/7 enterprises.

    So instead of spending money on these new boxes, they also could have just promoted the fact that you can ALWAYS bring your old and/or unused medications to your local pharmacy for disposal.

    I do think it's good that all these medications are being disposed of properly, instead of being flushed down the commode, though! :) We have enough issues with the water being "polluted" with drugs via our own urine & feces! There are levels of hormones in the water (estrogen & progesterone) from consumed birth control pills high enough to affect fish & other aquatic wildlife (there are still studies being done trying to determine if said levels are affecting our children), and they're also finding issues in the wildlife from the by-products of SSRI-type antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc)!

    I'm curious how this "proper disposal" doesn't end up in the water, though. I mean, what can really be done with them that doesn't affect the water? If the medications end up in a landfill, they'll end up in the ground & thus the water. I wonder how they "neutralise" the medications for proper disposal...

    Overall, I feel this is just more lip-service to the opioid epidemic we have going on here in Massachusetts - "Look! We're doing something about that pesky drug problem!" I *AM* appreciative that there FINALLY seems to be progress towards treating addiction as a public health issue & not a criminal issue, though! It's moving slowly, that's for damn sure, but it's actually moving in the right direction, which is a huge plus! :D

    ~Kailey
  6. Basoodler
    Rockefeller applauds DEA proposal

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., applauded the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Wednesday for their proposed rule, which Rockefeller pushed for, to implement a permanent prescription drug disposal plan to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

    "West Virginia faces a troubling prescription drug abuse problem that is fueled in part by excess prescription drugs left in medicine cabinets and household drawers," Rockefeller said. "We've made strides with nationwide Drug Take-Back Days, but we need a permanent solution for the safe disposal of prescription drugs. The DEA's proposed rule marks a step in the right direction, and offers an opportunity to expand options for disposing of drugs properly. Providing a national standard and clear process for safe disposal will help us address the drug abuse epidemic head-on in both the country and our state."

    The DEA published a proposed rule that would implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which requires the DEA to enforce a safe and lawful disposal method for prescription drugs. The proposed rule will establish national standards for drug disposal and expand available disposal options for controlled substances, including take-back events and new processes for distributors, manufacturers, and pharmacies to administer mail-back programs or to offer collection locations.

    In November, Rockefeller wrote to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart asking the DEA to take action to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.

    In the last decade, West Virginia has experienced a tragic increase in deaths and overdoses from prescription drugs. Nine out of 10 of the drug-related deaths in West Virginia are due to the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers. Rockefeller has been working in Congress for several years to raise awareness for the need to fight prescription drug abuse:

    - Sent a series of 29 letters to West Virginia health care providers, schools, and pharmacists, and 13 letters to national health care associations in September 2012 on the importance of making sure prescribers get needed training on controlled substances. The letters seek ideas on how to make sure prescribers get the right information to face the daily challenges of safely prescribing controlled substances.

    - Designated October as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. Rockefeller has consistently been an original cosponsor of a Senate resolution designating October as "National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month" to draw attention to and educate the public about problems associated with drug abuse and misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Rockefeller will continue roll out several additional initiatives to combat prescription drug addiction.

    - Added four Northern Panhandle counties (Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall) to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program in August 2012. Rockefeller pushed for the Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske to designate these counties as HIDTA counties, which qualifies them for additional federal funding to fight prescription drug abuse and trafficking. He also won an additional $39 million above the budgeted level for HIDTA.

    - Secured additional federal funds to help prevent prescription drug abuse. In addition to his support for the HIDTA program, Rockefeller has consistently supported funding for important law enforcement programs, such as Drug Courts, Byrne JAG grants, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, and others. The Recovery Act alone provided $4 billion nationwide and $25 million for West Virginia to hire police officers, fight crime and drug abuse, and provide services for at-risk youth.
    - Introduced the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to prevent the unsafe use of prescription drugs and reduce deaths. The Rockefeller bill would promote both physician and patient education, and create a uniform reporting system for painkiller-related deaths. The bill would also significantly increase federal funding to help states create and maintain prescription drug monitoring programs that will stop "doctor shopping" and drug trafficking across state lines.

    - Secured a provision in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bill in July 2012 to improve patient and provider education on drug abuse. The provision, which was included as part of legislation to fund the FDA, requires a study on the best ways to develop and disseminate provider, pharmacist, and patient education tools on prescription drug abuse.

    - Co-led a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education with five other Senators, asking the Subcommittee to reinstate funding for the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) program in Fiscal Year 2013.

    - Invited the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to hold a Continuing Medical Education course for West Virginia health care professionals. This course, Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Balancing Safety and Efficacy, was held at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine on Friday, September 28, 2012 and offered 6.25 hours of continuing education credits.

    - Held a Senate hearing on March 22 on "Prescription Drug Abuse: How are Medicare and Medicaid Adapting to the Challenge?" Rockefeller discussed the role of Medicare and Medicaid in preventing and treating the overprescribing, misuse of, and addiction to prescription drugs.

    - Held a roundtable in 2011 with the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, state and local leaders, health providers, and law enforcement officials in Huntington. Rockefeller discussed how prescription drug abuse affects families and children in West Virginia.

    http://www.theintermountain.com/pag...ckefeller-applauds-DEA-proposal.html?nav=5008
  7. Basoodler
    ^i debated making a new thread for that update, but its extremely related. It looks like its going to be a federal program
  8. derpahderp
    The purpose of quoting phaeton isn't in disagreement- just fyi

    Coming from the 4+ years in healthcare there was a significant ammount of harm reduction in terms of looking after meds/Rx's (keeping track of abnormal/discrepencies)- granted it was due to insurance purposes that this was done-- the emr (electrical medical records system) helped to reduce that issue. And I did see a significant rise with bezos/opiate/amph that included adult/teens as the years went by..

    It was an established practice to keep the cabinet locked and away from heavy traffic areas (in terms of clinics/urgent care/er)- in terms of the program and the idea of the receptacle bin, it shouldve been implemented a while ago + talked about at the primary care level, at the time of the Rx was given IMO. The area I worked around was very affluent and patients felt entitled for their meds- but were never descrimated against..

    However, we did check to make sure the Rx was correctly being distributed. This in turn caused a long process of extra work before the emr was implemented. Now a days you get everything e-prescribed or the traditional hard copy script. There was never a violent confrontation where I worked but there were definetly arguements though.

    Even if it's a small measure --every little bit helps in my mind.
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