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Capital BlueCross Reminds Residents to Take Advantage of Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 27

New data illustrates importance of drug take-backs to help

prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and deaths

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Sept. 24, 2014) – To support a nationwide effort to clear homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, Capital BlueCross is reminding residents to take advantage of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to

2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Take-Back Day collection is free and anonymous.

“As a company that makes the health of the community a priority, Capital BlueCross is supporting Drug Take-Back Day by encouraging people to clear out their homes of expired or un-needed prescription drugs,” said Dr. Jennifer Chambers, Capital BlueCross senior vice president and chief medical officer. “By taking advantage of this free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of prescription drugs that are no longer used for health reasons, consumers can help eliminate inappropriate use of prescription drugs and protect the safety of those in their household.”

Pennsylvania residents can help curb prescription drug abuse and misuse by dropping off their unwanted or expired prescriptions at more than 335 locations across Pennsylvania on Saturday. A list of collection sites can be found by visiting www.dea.gov. Take-Back Day participants will also help protect their local agriculture and water supply, as all drugs collected at take-back sites will be disposed of properly by local law enforcement or DEA officials.

 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of deaths from prescription drug overdoses has reached epidemic levels in the United States. The national take-back effort seeks to raise awareness and reduce prescription drug abuse in our local communities by offering individuals and families a trouble-free and environmentally friendly way to rid their homes of unwanted prescriptions.  According to a recent report issued by the CDC, overdose deaths from prescription painkillers nearly quadrupled from 1999-2011. 

Unfortunately, painkillers and other prescription medications are often found in home medicine cabinets, making it too easy for them to get into the wrong hands. According to new CDC data, about 9,500 U.S. children younger than six years old were hospitalized each year between 2007 and 2011 after ingesting a family member’s medication.  Prescriptions should be securely stored and properly disposed of when patients complete their dose or no longer require the medication.

About Capital BlueCross

For more than 75 years, Capital BlueCross has served residents and businesses in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley as the region’s leading health insurer. Delivering value through innovation and collaboration, Capital BlueCross continues to evolve, investing in products, services and partnerships to create an even healthier future for customers with more choice, greater convenience and enhanced quality of care. Through Capital Blue, the company’s one-of-a-kind health and wellness retail store, consumers have a place to go for in-person health insurance consultation and service, and for health and wellness information and programs, in a welcoming, convenient environment. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association employing more than 1,800 people. For more information, visit capbluecross.com.