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Hospital Officials say Throw Out Old Prescriptions

Hospital Officials say Throw Out Old Prescriptions



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AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) -- Hospital officials say it's time to clean out your medicine cabinets.

Officials at American Fork Hospital say expired medications can pose more of a threat than a health benefit.

Expired or unused prescription drugs should also be thrown out to keep them out of the hands of addicts.

They say the "Clean Out Your Cabinet" campaign is a way to decrease the availability of habit-forming drugs for people without prescriptions.

According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an average of 14.8 million people have used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes in the last 12 months.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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