(WASHINGTON) -- The American College of Emergency Physicians is challenging Americans to participate in a new initiative called the American Medicine Chest Challenge. The challenge is intended to educate the public about safe disposal of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.
The main event, which is scheduled to take place nationwide on Nov. 13, will encourage Americans to do five things:
1) Take inventory of over-the-counter and prescription medications.
2) Lock all medicine cabinets.
3) Dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications at designated disposal sites.
4) Take medications as prescribed.
5) Talk to children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
"Emergency physicians see first-hand the dangers of prescription drug abuse, which is why we recommend that everyone take stock of the medicines in their homes," said ACEP president, Sandra Schneider, MD, FACEP. "Prescription drugs are the most abused drugs in America other than marijuana, and parents are the first line of defense between kids and the prescription medications. If you don't need the medicines in your medicine chest, then your kids don't need them either."
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