In the last two years 634 pounds of unused prescription drugs have been collected by the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative in Roswell,NM thanks largely to the efforts of Steve Wolfe, a Neighborhood Watch adviser and crime stopper organizer!
This DEA program was implemented to prevent the theft and illegal use of prescription drugs. Also this program helps to mitigate the harmful environmental impact of flushing the unused drugs down the toilet.
One interpretation of all this is that the major pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly should feel very guilty about running high budget commercials that dupe people into buying drugs they do not need!
I am not trying to minimize the importance of the message of the article written by Jessica Palmer of the Roswell Daily Record. Gathering up these drugs to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands is a very good thing!
Let’s do a little math to wrap our brains around how many pills of potentially addictive drugs 634 pounds is. 634 pounds equals 287,577,328 mg or about 288 million mg.
Now the average pill weight is 20 mg. So 288 million divided by 20 is 14,400,000. Yes people around 15 million pills of prescription drugs were collected in Roswell,NM over a two-year period!
Maybe the presidential candidates should be debating some form of controls on the legal drug pushers like Pfizer and Merck. Please think twice before spending your hard-earned money on 20 mg of Elavil, Celexa, Paxil , Prozac, Cymbalta , Effexor , Sinequan, Pamelor, Remeron, Tofranil or some other addictive antidepressant !
Get a hobby or read or take a walk in the park. Don’t make these companies richer by buying something you may end up flushing down the commode! Do you think all this might get a rise out of Tom Cruise and the Scientology freaks?