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Brush Police Department and EMCH partner on Drug Take Back program


BRUSH, Colo. (April 12, 2012) – Save the date, Saturday, April 28 on your calendar. It is the 3rd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The City of Brush Police Department, in partnership with East Morgan County Hospital is sponsoring this event in the main lobby of the hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prescription drugs can be just as harmful as illegal drugs and studies show that prescription drug abuse is on the rise. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Prescription drug abuse by teenagers is on the rise. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Community members are encouraged to bring any unused or expired prescription drugs and give them to the police officer at the hospital. Before dropping them off, blacken or scratch out all personal information on the prescription label to make it unreadable.

All prescriptions will be accepted, no questions asked. 

Items which cannot be accepted include: needles and sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, or illicit drugs.

Discarding unused prescriptions drugs keeps them out of the hands of youngsters. It is important to remember that prescription drugs are prescribed for a person’s specific symptoms and medical history. What works for you can be life-threatening for someone else.

East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo. is licensed by the state of Colorado and certified by Medicare as a 25-bed critical-access hospital. Designated as a Level IV Trauma Center, East Morgan includes a 24-hour emergency department with three trauma bays, two surgery suites, two recovery rooms, six pre and post operative rooms, one endoscopy room, and one outpatient surgery suite.

EMCH is part of Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit hospital systems. Banner Health is recognized by Thompson Reuter’s top 10 healthcare systems in the nation for quality patient outcomes and financial stability.


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