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Taking back old prescriptions can save lives

April 24, 2014
by Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (D-Calif.) and Jeffrey Levi
The Hill

Check your medicine cabinet. Dig deep—behind the deodorants and toothpaste. Chances are if you look, you’ll find a lot of expired and unneeded prescription bottles. Chances also are that a child, friend or family member can stumble on them just as easily.

And, unfortunately, that’s how a lot of people get hooked on prescription drugs. In fact, nearly 55 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers get the drug for free from a friend or family member. It might seem like a victimless crime, just a few pills here and there, but 40 Americans die daily from painkiller overdoses.

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