St. Louis College of Pharmacy
4588 Parkview Place * St. Louis, MO 63110 * www.stlcop.edu
Dec. 20, 2012
Drug Diversion Report
(St. Louis)- Teenagers abuse prescription medication more than anything else besides marijuana. This morning, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is set to release new data on youth drug use. Most of those teens start abusing medication found in their home, or in the home of a friend.
Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, is on the front lines to remove dangerous drugs from the home. She is a founding member of the Missouri P2D2 (Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal) group and serves as vice president. The program places secure collection boxes in police precincts where medicine can be safely disposed of anonymously and for free.
As a pharmacist, I have seen first-hand patients who have bottles and bottles of medication lying around at home, Tiemeier says. This can be incredibly dangerous not only for yourself, but for other family members and friends as well.
Tiemeier is director of professional affairs and assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Keep potentially addictive medication in a secure spot.
Store all other medication on a high shelf, out of reach of small children.
Check your city and county police departments for a P2D2 collection box.
Take advantage of national disposal initiatives (next one is April 27, 2013).
About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: Founded in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The College integrates the liberal arts and sciences with a professional curriculum and introductory and advanced practice experiences where students can develop expertise and become leaders in the profession and their communities. Beginning in 2014, the seven-year curriculum leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree will also include a Bachelor of Science. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities. More than 1,250 students are currently enrolled from 30 states and several countries. Additional information is available at www.stlcop.edu.