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Care New England to Support Prescription Drug Take-Back Program, April 26

Care New England is proud to support this year's Prescription Drug Take-Back Program, sponsored by The Toxicology Division of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. The Prescription Drug Take-back Program was established to help remove unwanted prescription drugs from the homes of Rhode Islanders. On Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., proper disposal of expired or unwanted prescription drugs will take place at several business locations and police departments (listed below) across the state of Rhode Island.The event is free and anonymous.

Prescription drug abuse continues to grow into an epidemic not only in Rhode Island, but across the country as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States, exceeding those from automobile accidents.

Information on this year's Prescription Drug Take-Back Program can be found in emergency departments at Kent, Memorial and Women & Infants hospitals, as well as Patient Assessment Services at Butler Hospital. Care New England is committed to community outreach on Rhode Island's ongoing initiative to help prevent prescription drug abuse. Physicians and staff from Care New England hospitals have continuously participated in events and forums at local high schools and other venues across the state, in an effort to raise awareness on this important issue. Care New England's Together Make It Better Campaign, serves as a resource to those who are interested in prevention efforts or learning more on how to seek help for not only prescription drug abuse, but other addictions as well.

Prescription drug take-back locations are as follows: Bristol Police Department; Burrillville Police Department; Cumberland Police Department; East Greenwich Police Department; Foster Police Department; Glocester Police Department; Little Compton Police Department; Middletown Police Department; North Kingstown Police Department; North Providence Police Department; Pawtucket Police Department; Providence Police Department; Richmond Police Department; Scituate Police Department; Smithfield Police Department; South Kingstown Police Department;Warren Police Department; and West Warwick Police Department.

For a full list of exact take-back locations, please visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov or www.facebook.com/carenewengland. New locations are being added daily.

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