National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an annual nationwide event, will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 am to 2 pm, local times, in states across the country. During the event, residents can drop off their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications for safe disposal. Read more
By: Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer
Sunday, March 27
In an article from the Community Advocate, more than 200 middle and high school students attended the 2016 Student Wellness Conference, which was held on March 22 at Worcester State University. Speakers at the event included Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., and former NFL player Shawn Loiseau. The event also featured a viewing of “If Only.”
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By: Erin Kelly, USA Today
March 10, 2016
A bill was passed on Thursday that authorizes the attorney general to provide grants to states, local governments and non-profit groups tohelp fight America’s growing opioid and heroin addiction epidemic.
To read the full article, visit: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/03/10/senate-passes-bipartisan-bill-combat-painkiller-abuse-heroin-addiction/81577556/
By: Kimberly Leonard, US News
March 7, 2016
This week, the Senate will vote whether it will pass a bill that will help combat America’s opioid and heroin addiction epidemic.
To read the full article, visit: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-03-07/senate-readies-to-pass-opioid-bill
A new poll from Kaiser Family Foundation takes a look at the public’s experience with prescription painkiller abuse. It found that although just six percent of participants had abused prescription painkillers themselves, 25 percent knew a close friend or family member who had and 45 percent were acquainted with people who have used these medications without a prescription. Read more here: http://kaiserf.am/1OdxRQd