Take Back Day a success; nets 491 pounds of meds that won't get in the wrong hands

HC DrugFree hosted a Town Hall Meeting at The Bain Center in Harper’s Choice Village Center, where a panel of local experts discussed the growing issue of prescription drug abuse. The event was part of The Partnership at Drugfree.org’s national campaign, “The Medicine Abuse Project,” and was sponsored by Proove Biosciences, Inc.

Forty four percent of teens have at least one friend who abuses prescription drugs. By their senior year in high school one in five teenagers will have abused prescription painkillers. Today's prescription drug epidemic in the United States is deadlier than the international heroin epidemic of the mid 1970's (1.5 deaths per 100,000 people) and the cocaine epidemic of the late 80's and early 90's (almost 3 per 100,000 people) with more than 10 deaths per 100,000 people in 2009. Two-thirds of teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them from family members and friends. Watch this Parents360 Rx video to gain information for parents and other concerned citizens about the real dangers of medicine abuse and ways to prevent and respond to it.

Panelists pictured above are: Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree; Captain Tony Spittel, Paramedic Supervisor, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services; Lieutenant Glenn Case, Commander, Vice and Narcotics, Howard County Police Department; The Honorable William V. Tucker, Judge, Howard County Circuit Court; Dudley Greer, Director, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services,  Howard County Health Department.