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Navy implements campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse

May 1, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The Navy recently announced a new campaign to combat the misuse of prescription drugs. The campaign, called "Prescription for Discharge," was developed after Navy administrators began noticing trends in the drug testing of sailors that proved prescription drugs were being misused, according to the Navy Times

The article states that 524 sailors have tested positive for illegal prescription drugs so far this year, a number that Navy experts believe is on track to surpass last year's total.

The campaign has three main goals: for sailors to correctly take their medications, to report prescriptions and to dispose of any unused medications. 

The Navy Times reports:

The group most at risk for drug abuse: sailors ages 18 to 25. Though they constitute 30 percent of the Navy, they account for 71 percent of positive drug tests.

 

Read the source article at NPR

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