Prescription disposal method aims to prevent opioid abuse

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Many people have large quantities of unused or out of date prescription medications in their cabinets. This is a concern because, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, personal prescriptions are one of the main sources of non-medical opioid abuse. Now, North Carolina startup DisposeRx, has devised an innovative way for patients to destroy leftover medicines and avoid misuse of these drugs. DisposeRx is a biodegradable polymer powder. Users simply add water to the prescription vial, with the unwanted pills still inside, and then add the DisposeRx powder. Next, they shake the mixture for around 30…

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