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Palm Bay Hospital re-launches Operation Medicine Cabinet

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10 am to 2 pm - Palm Bay Hospital - 1425 Malabar Road NE, Palm Bay

Do not unknowingly become your child's drug supplier!

PALM BAY, FL - One of the most common drug sources for children according to drug enforcement agencies is their parent's medicine cabinet in their own home!

Consider these statistics from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration:

1) Every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.

2) One in seven teens admitted to abusing prescription drugs to get high in the past year. Sixty percent of teens who abused prescription pain relievers did so before the age of 15.

3) Fifty-six percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easier to get than illicit drugs.

4) Two in five teens believe that prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs. And three in ten teens believe that prescription pain relievers are not addictive.

5) Sixty-three percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from friends' and family's medicine cabinets.

On Saturday, October 29, Palm Bay Hospital will be 'Ground Zero' for 'Operation Medicine Cabinet'- a joint effort of our hospital and law enforcement officers to reduce the amount of prescription drugs that can illegally fall into the hands of children and teenagers. The last time this was done at the hospital, more than a quarter-ton of drugs were turned in and destroyed.

Palm Bay Hospital, together with the Palm Bay Police Department, WILL ACCEPT the following: nonprescription over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and even pet medications in the form of pills, liquids, ointments, or lotions. You can leave the medications in the original packaging or put them in a sealable plastic bag. You can even combine medications in one bag. If you bring in a liquid medication, please put the bottle in a sealable plastic bag to avoid leakage. No IDs or signatures are required. The medications will be turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to be destroyed.

'Operation Medicine Cabinet' CANNOT ACCEPT the following: syringes, asthma inhalers, drugs in aerosol canisters, or chemotherapy drugs of any type.