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"We've seen a jump in the amount of use by adolescents,"Said montgomery, who represented great barrington police at saturday's event. "That's why it's a good idea to get rid of these.A lot of arrests we've made, the drugs people have haddrugs]On
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them came from somebody else. "
A prevention needs assessment study conducted by the south berkshire community coalition recently found that 20 percent of south county high school seniors reported using prescription drugs nonmedically as compared to 16 percent in the entire county, and 13 percent nationally.
Sunday july 11, 2010 great barrington one by one they came, the young and the old, many carting bags and boxes filled with longexpired medications.
"I would have been happy if maybe 10 people came out today,"Said bob redpath, a representative of community health projects' south berkshire community coalition, which hosted the event along with fairview hospital and the great barrington police. "But two hours into it, we had 32 people. "
The roundup was held to both combat the abuse of prescription
drugs and give people a safe way to dispose of medications without harming the environment.
The prescription pill roundup on saturday, organized by the great barrington police department and three local organizations, was the first such collection program ever organized in the berkshires.
The organizers were overwhelmed by what they received:43 pounds of pills;59 pounds of nonpills such as creams, ointments and patches;And 26 pounds of other items, including
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acupuncture and hypodermic needles, all in five hours.
Similar events will be held at different county venues in the fall, members of the south berkshire community coalition said.
A fivemonth study conducted two years ago by the associated press found a large variety of pharmaceuticals, ranging from antibiotics and anticonvulsants to mood stabilizers and sex hormones in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas.
Bags filled with pills
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"It's incredible the amount of stuff that came in,"Said great barrington police officer paul montgomery. "Once people
are aware of what we're doing, even more will come in.People have this stuff around for months.We had some demerol that came in from 1961.
According to a national survey on drug use and health, 21 percent of americans
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age 12 and older reported using prescription drugs in 2008, a total second only to marijuana.The local numbers are also alarming.
To keep the momentum going, great barrington police will be installing a box inside the lobby of the police station on main street by the end of next week to give the public a place to dispose of medications.
"I'm concerned about the disposing,"Said elizabeth buttler of great barrington, who brought old antihistamines and vitamin supplements to the police station that had been in her medicine cabinet for three years.
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