Carteret County sheriff announces program to combat prescription - WNCT

Carteret County sheriff announces programs to combat prescription drug abuse

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BEAUFORT, N.C. -

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck announced a program to raise awareness about safe storage and disposal of prescription medication.  The program is called M.E.D.S. and stands for Monitor, Educate, Dispose, and Secure.  "Historically the number one leading cause of accidental death in most places has been a person losing their life in an automobile accident," said Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck. "This is no longer the case in many places. The number one leading cause of accidental death is due to overdosing on prescription medications."

The M.E.D.S. program is a collaboration between the sheriff's department and the Carteret County Health Department.  It encourages people to monitor your refills and doses, especially if the medication is prescribed to a teenager.  The program also aims to remind you to dispose of any unused or expired medication.

The sheriff's department says they are getting the word out through a TV PSA and by working with the school system.  You can find out more about the program by visiting the Carteret County website.

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