State AG Josh Shapiro distributes pouches to destroy prescription opioids
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday that he hopes the destruction of the remaining prescription will help curb the opioid epidemic in the state.
With a donation of 50,000 drugs out of bags and 250,000 purchase, M. Shapiro will provide 300,000 PCs in 278 pharmacies in 12 counties that were among the most affected by the epidemic.
Lots of drugs discovered – they act by keeping hot water and up to 45 pills in each pocket, creating interaction with activated charcoal – Will be provided to people who take the new Annex II of the needs of narcotics or at the request of any Person who requests it.
A woman holds up the hand of a new friend stand while her son talks about his opiate addiction during a prayer and support event organized by the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg Tuesday in the parish of the Immaculate Conception in Connellsville.
“It’s a good question. Logic dictated that if you get rid of 22 tons of drug a year and an additional 26 tons in the first six months of next year, that will work,” said M. Shapiro in a telephone interview.
“We are going to monitor the use and efficiency of these bags, all of which will be distributed on August 1, and hopefully in six months we will have enough data to respond.”
The drugs you spoke to are the amount collected through the state of 2016 (22 tons) and the first half of 2017 (26 tons) of said “times” or “drop” boxes in pharmacies, sheriff’s offices, other places. There, people can safely drop their unused prescriptions for safe disposal.
It was the presence of these boxes in the most urbanized areas of the state that led M. Shapiro to decide to get the bags.
“I’ve promoted boxes of long medications, and I realized they were very accessible in places like Pittsburgh, but when I traveled in rural Pennsylvania, I realized how hard it was to find,” he said.
I had read the effort last year in other states like West Virginia and Connecticut to distribute thousands of unearthed bags as a way to take care of unused medicines on the street.
And while there are no studies that show whether pockets help directly, Shapiro cited data from national studies that found that 80 percent of heroin addicts began to abuse their prescription drugs and 70 percent of these addicts got their first Prescription medication from a friend or family member.
“One way to address this is to eliminate unused medicine and family practice,” he said.
Mallinckrodt was donated 50,000 bags and spent “less than $ 1 million” to buy an additional $ 250,000.
The money comes from the community drug prevention program in the environmental sector, which is funded by fines imposed on those convicted of driving under the influence of crime and drugs.
Since 300,000 kits did not suffice for the 67 counties in the state, the staff of M. Shapiro developed a measurement that evaluates counties based on the highest rates of drug overdose deaths, the highest prescription opioid rates by Person at least access to drug delivery boxes.
As a result, pockets will be distributed in 12 counties: Blair, Butler, Cambria, Erie, Fayette, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mercer and Montour.
He made the program announcement at a press conference in the neighborhood of Klingensmith Drug Store, a family-owned Shelocta family medicine in Indiana County, to indicate the starting point: “I think Pennsylvania’s small towns and rural villages were the Most affected by the opioid epidemic. “