Forum to focus on drug use, disposal

Posted Oct. 07, 2009, at 9:59 p.m.

NORTHPORT — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Maine Center on Aging and eight other organizations will hold a forum this month to address prescription drug use and misuse and the proper disposal of unused medication.

The 2009 International Symposium on Pharmaceuticals in the Home and Environment is scheduled for Oct. 18-20 at Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center in Northport. Registrations are being accepted.

The conference is designed for health and human services practitioners, educators, policymakers, law enforcement, substance abuse service professionals, providers of services to the elderly, and others who may be concerned with the potential impact that use, misuse and disposal of prescription drugs may have on both people and the environment.

“Organizing a Drug Collection Program or Event: Practical Strategies and Tips” will be offered as a pre-conference workshop on Sunday, Oct. 18. The symposium hits full stride on Oct. 19 with two educational tracks running concurrently. Track A focuses on safe drug return and Track B covers prescription drugs with a special focus on benzodiazepines, a class of medications used to treat insomnia, anxiety and stress. Experts from around the nation and the world will present at this event.

Registration fees are $199 for two days, $150 for students; $119 for one day, $75 for students. The pre-conference workshop is offered at $65, $45 for students. For information on how to register, call Marolyn Bissonnette at 602-2589.

To get a complete schedule of workshops, go to href=”http://www.mainebenzo.org”>www.mainebenzo.org.

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