llinois Poison Center Supports Updates to Drug Take-Back Program
New Rules Will Save Lives by Expanding Options for Disposal
Chicago, IL (September 9, 2014) – The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) commends the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for recently announced updates to its drug take-back rules aimed at addressing growing prescription drug abuse across the country.
In 2012, the IPC saw a nine-percent increase in prescription medication-related calls over 2011, a majority of which come from health care organizations looking for advanced toxicology expertise on the issue. Prescription drug abuse is prevalent in all areas of the state, with rates for related emergency department visits in downstate metro areas roughly twice as high as those in the Chicago area. Read More....