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To many people, they are wonder drugs, but a class of common painkillers can do real damage when used to excess.
Unwanted and expired medications can be dropped off at six Fairfax County police stations from May 27 to June 1.
Tens of thousands of people die each year, even though they're going to the doctor. The problem comes from a simple misdiagnosis.
Leftover or unneeded prescription drugs are a common sight in many medicine cabinets. But these drugs can a lot of harm if they end up in the wrong hands, the water system or the environment.
Medicines can heal, but in the wrong hands they can be dangerous. A community take-back program is the best way to get rid of them, but they aren't always convenient.
With up to four doctors seeing an average of 170 patients each day in Western Maryland Regional Medical Center's emergency department, it is nice to have a helping hand, especially one with good penmanship.
For the past 18 to 20 months, Joseph Morrissey, director of Pharmacy Services at Frederick Memorial Hospital, has dealt with critical medications being in short supply.