As part of a comprehensive strategy for preventing teen prescription drug abuse, the King County Board of Health adopted a secure medicine return program earlier this year. Last week, drug companies, who are held responsible for running the program, filed a lawsuit against King County in an effort to stop the program from being implemented.
As part of the King County Take Back Your Meds Coalition, Prevention WINS advocated for the secure medicine return program. Prescription drug abuse is a community problem that requires a multi-faceted prevention strategy. As coalitions know, everyone has a role to play and the King County program is a perfect example of the role drug companies can play in preventing teen drug abuse.