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Troops, families urged to turn in expired prescription drugs: The Defense Department will take part in N... #navy

The Defense Department will take part in National Prescription Drug Take-back Day this Saturday, with collection sites available at some base facilities, such as commissaries and exchanges. Tricare officials are urging beneficiaries to turn in expired or unused over-the-counter and prescription drugs during the nationwide effort, sponsored by the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Agency. The event aims to remove potentially harmful and addictive drugs from homes and protect the environment. Proper disposal of tablets and pills can keep medications out of landfills, rivers and groundwater. Accidental overdoses of prescription drugs are a growing problem nationwide, with incidents tripling since 1990. In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses, most caused by prescription drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A 2011 survey of health behavi...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20131023/NEWS/310230016

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