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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Andrea Imms

Public Relations Division

aimms@kennerpd.com

Office (504) 712-2244

October 24, 2011

 

KPD & Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner participating in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

EVENT: The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day        

 

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.                 

KENNER DROP OFF:  Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner, 180 W. Esplanade Ave. in Front of the Emergency Room Main Entrance

DESCRIPTION:  The Kenner Police Department and Ochsner Health System is supporting the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in order to provide a safe way for people to dispose of expired or unused medications.  Ochsner Health System is providing venues for persons who want to dispose of prescription drugs safely and anonymously.  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 

Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

MORE INFO: For more information on the Kenner event, please contact Barries Leung, Director of Pharmacy, Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner at (504) 464-8043 or bleung@ochsner.org.  You can visit Ochsner online at www.ochsner.org.

 

-KPD-

                                     

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