Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet

Yarmouth, Masachusetts police created "Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet" to help eradicate the problem of teens getting ahold of left over prescription medications. Yarmouth police Detective Chris Kent explained that prescription drugs such as Percocet, Valium, Vicodin, Xanax and Dilaudid are in high demand on the streets and among teenagers. ADHD drugs Ritalin and Adderall are also popular among teens.

Kent, who is tasked with diverted pharmaceutical investigations in the town of Yarmouth, said the abuse of the prescription drugs is rampant and has reached epidemic proportions.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has found that over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs were more abused by teenagers than any other drug besides marijuana.

Yarmouth’s "Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet" is modeled after a program used all over the country to remove the drugs from the hands of teenagers, thieves, and addicts. A similar pill collection day in June in Quincy, Massachusettes resulted in the collections of  2,000 doses of controlled medicines.

Recent stories about contamination of drinking water with pills that were flushed down toilets or washed down sinks has made people aware of the dangers of disposing of drugs in this manner.  Municipal water cleaning systems generally cannot remove all traces of prescription drugs from drinking water so it is not recommended that you dispose of drugs on your own.

Contact your local police to find out if a similar program is available in your area.

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