New Arkansas campaign focuses on Rx drug abuse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas officials are launching a new campaign encouraging people to keep track of what's in their medicine cabinets in the hopes of combating prescription drug abuse.

The "Monitor, Secure, Dispose" campaign asks people to keep track of how many pills they have, secure medications in a safe place and safely dispose of unneeded and expired medications.      Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the state has warned teens about the dangers of underage drinking and illegal drug abuse, and now it's time to focus on pharmaceuticals.

McDaniel says the campaign will also include town-hall meetings to educate parents, teachers and others about the dangers of prescription drugs.

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