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PEERx: Rx Abuse is Drug Abuse
Comprehensive information for Teens from NIDA

Take Away - Environmental Return System
The Iowa Pharmacy Association sponsored program that provides the public with a safe, easy way to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medications. TakeAway uses community pharmacies across the state as take-back site.

Prescription Drugs
NIDA site with links to research reports, Infofacts, new releases, more.

National Take-Back Initiative Day
On September 27th the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

RX Drug Drop Box 
The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) has launched a program designed to significantly reduce the prescription drugs in American homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. These same drugs unfortunately have become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have access to the residence. America's 12 to 17 year olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is unwittingly coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends. More and more adults recognize the need to remove these substances from the home and legally and safely turn them over to law enforcement for proper chain of custody and court ordered destruction. Law enforcement is the only entity legally able to accept these medications and process them properly so that they do not fall into the wrong hands. Law enforcement takes control of and destroys drugs on a regular basis as part of their regular operations. Therefore, NADDI has developed this web page to provide the locations of law enforcement sites that are accepting prescription drugs throughout the United States.  

RX Safety Matters
A site to inform healthcare professionals, families and communities, and law enforcement officials, to help reduce the abuse and diversion of prescription medications.

Report Illicit Pharmaceutical Activities
US Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration 

A Guide to Safe Use of Pain Medicine
FDA information page

Good Medicine, Bad Behavior
Drug diversion in America. DEA sponsored site.

Prescription Drug Abuse
Medline Plus

Stop Medicine Abuse
StopMedicineAbuse.org was created by the leading makers of OTC cough medicines.

Make Up Your Own Mind About Cough Medicine
A Partnership for Drug-Free Kids site about cough and cold medicine abuse for teens.

Connect to Fight RX Abuse
ATTC site working to alleviate prescription drug diversion and abuse, making our communities healthier and safer.


The Buzz that Takes Your Breath Away- Permanently

Drug Trends in Iowa
Information from the Iowa Governors Office of Drug Control Policy 

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
Download and share this helpful guide on how to prevent opioid deaths in your
community. The guide contains tips and steps that first responders, prescribers,
people in recovery and their family members can take to save lives.

Frequency of Energy Drink Use Linked with Risk of Abusing Prescription Drugs
College students who consume energy drinks are more likely than their peers who don't use them to abuse prescription drugs, a new study concludes. The more energy drinks a student consumes, the greater their risk. 

Prescription Drug Overdose
One hundred people in the U.S. die from drug overdoses every day. Three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by opiates.In response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) collaborated with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to develop an informational card that provides easy-to-understand; lifesaving techniques to help friends and family attend to someone suspected of an opioid overdose.The ASA Opioid Overdose Resuscitation card lists symptoms to look for when an opioid overdose is suspected. It also details step-by-step instructions for assisting a person suspected of an overdose prior to the arrival of emergency medical personnel.

Fighting Opioid Addiction: Bunavail 
Medical breakthroughs webdoctor@ivanhoe.com 

Teens and Prescription Drugs  
ONDCP Report

Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction
NIDA research report

Diet Pills, Laxatives and Dangerous Methods
Information on the dangers of "diet pills"

Everything We Know So Far About W-18, the Drug That's 10,000 Times More Powerful Than Morphine
W-18 is a novel psychoactive substance and synthetic opioid that comes in powder form 

How to dispose of unused medicine

You've Got Drugs! V: Prescription Drug Pushers on the Internet
(2008) CASA Columbia report

Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse
brochure for parents from Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Stimulant ADHD Medications - Methylphenidate and Amphetamines
NIDA InfoFacts

Drug Fact Sheets from the Center for Substance Abuse Research:

Ritalin - prescription ADHD medication

Benzodiazepines - prescription sedatives

Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex)-medication used to treat opioid addiction

Dextromethorphan (DXM) - cough suppressant

Ephedra - herbal stimulant drug

Methadone -  treatment of opioid addiction and chronic pain

Oxycodone - narcotic pain reliever