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App aids in drug disposal

Published 3:13pm Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, along with the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC), the nation’s largest privately-funded public health campaign preventing prescription drug abuse, announced the release of a mobile app, “AMCC Rx Drop,” connecting users to the locations of permanent prescription drug disposal sites for the collection of unused, unwanted and expired medicine.
The app includes the permanent collection site at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, 321 M-62, Cassopolis.
This free app, sponsored by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), links to the AMCC directory of local, county and state law enforcement-sponsored permanent collection sites across the country.
Currently, the app links to hundreds of collection sites in 41 states across the country. It is available in the Apple and Android stores.
“Having 24 hour access — in the palm of your hand — to the locations of permanent collections boxes will help parents and grandparents protect the young people in their lives by safely disposing of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine, ” AMCC Chief Executive Officer Angelo M. Valente said.
Valente encouraged all residents to take the American Medicine Chest 5-Step Challenge: taking inventory and securing medicine in the home, disposing of unused, unwanted and expired medicine, taking medicine only as prescribed and talking to children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
AMCC is a not-for-profit community based public health initiative, with more than 1,000 community and law enforcement partnerships in all 50 states, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide safe disposal.

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