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2/10/2013 9:40:00 PM
Officials to conduct Rx training Tuesday

State representatives will conduct a training on the problems and solutions of prescription drug abuse on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Prescott Valley and Cottonwood.

Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem. The Centers for Disease Control has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. Prescription pain killers result in more accidental drug overdoses than cocaine and heroin combined. In Yavapai County, our youth are abusing prescription medication at an alarming rate, well above state and national averages.

The training will cover a variety of related topics. Shana Malone of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission will explain the scope of the problem. Dean Wright, R. Ph., of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy will explain the state's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and how to utilize the system. Tomi St. Mars MSN, RN, CEN, FAEN, of the Arizona Department of Health Services will talk about the benefits of the PMP to patients and practitioners. Shelly Mowrey, of Drug Free will talk about proper disposal and storage of medications.

Participants can select from one of two sessions: Prescott Valley from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Prescott Valley Library Auditorium, 7401 E. Civic Circle or in Cottonwood from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building Multi-Purpose Room, 199 S. 6th Street.

To register call 708-0100 or email at .

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Oh no another epidemic!

When a drug warrior talks about "drug abuse," what the drug warrior means is any possession or use of any illegal substance or any use of any legal substance which the drug warrior has deemed inappropriate. Seems to me that if you truly wanted to end drug abuse, the first logical step would be to stop creating it.

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