Berks County Medical Society Medical Record Summer 2017 - 6

President's message

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Gregory T. Wilson, D.O.
President

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n Saturday, April 29th, the Berks County
community secured an important
victory in the ongoing battle against
the opiate addiction. Thanks to the collective
efforts of Council on Chemical Abuse, The
District Attorney's office, The Berks Opioid
Task Force, and members of the Berks County
Medical Society, over 250 pounds of prescription
medication, including narcotics, were collected at
the second annual Drug Take Back event at First
Energy Stadium. Although such pharmaceuticals
were originally distributed with intentions to ease
pain or treat medical illness, narcotic medications
in particular, if used improperly, have the
potential to cause significant harm or even death.
The focus of this event is to get these unused and
potentially harmful medications out of homes and
prevent improper use or abuse.

As with last year's event, every effort is made
to create a simple drop-off process. Simply drive
up with the waste container and the volunteers
do the rest. Participants don't need to get out of
the car or provide identification. No questions
asked. Also, thanks to the generosity of the
Reading Fightin Phillies, those who donated
unused or unwanted prescription medications
received free tickets to attend a Reading Fightin
Phillies baseball game. In addition, they were
given information about the opiate crisis and the
location of medication "drop off" spots within
our region where prescriptions can be discarded
throughout the year.
As described in countless local and national
media reports, the impact of the opiate epidemic
is significant and has spread to every community.
Within the last few years, several celebrity
deaths have been linked to prescription misuse,
highlighting the crisis on a national stage. The
stereotype that such addiction is only a problem
for the impoverished or found only in the urban
community is clearly mistaken. Opiate addiction
effects every age, gender, race, and socioeconomic
status.


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