Prescription Drug Safety Information - One Voice

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Prescription pain relievers have contributed to more overdose deaths than "street drugs" such as cocaine and heroin. A growing trend is among our youth. More and more teens are using prescription and over-the-counter drugs to get high. But where they are getting the drugs may surprise you, 70% of teens report getting their drugs from their home medicine cabinets. We all need to understand that when over-the-counter and prescription medications are used to get high, they are every bit as dangerous as "street drugs." In addition, when prescribed drugs are used by or distributed to individuals without prescriptions, they are every bit as illegal. According to Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, "we have a dangerous trend evolving within Hunterdon County with prescription drug and heroin abuse. People may become addicted to prescription pills after initially taking them for a legitimate medical purpose, or abusing them for illicit purposes at the onset. We know the abuse begins with a false sense of security because the pills are considered to be 'medicine'. However as the addiction grows, a person typically transitions to heroin because it is considerably less expensive and more readily available, in an extremely pure form, throughout Hunterdon County and New Jersey."

We can all play a role in ending prescription drug abuse. By working together as a community here are the things we can do to make a difference.

  • Safeguard Your Medicine. Keep prescription medicine in a secure place. Count and monitor the number of pills you have and lock up your medicine.
  • Dispose Properly of your Unused Medicine. Find a Prescription Take-Back Box near you. In Hunterdon County, there are 3 Permanent Prescription Take-Back boxes:

Hunterdon County Justice Center
65 Park Avenue, Flemington
Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
(Arrangements can be made with the Sheriff's Office
for pick-up of medications after hours)

Holland Township Police Department
61 Church Road, Milford
(box is located in back of building)
Hours of Operation: 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday
(Arrangements can be made for after hours)

Lambertville Police Department
349 North Main Street, Lambertville
This box is open 24 hours, with an officer on duty

Please note: For additional Prescription Take-Back Box locations outside of Hunterdon County NJ, visit the Safe Communities website and click on the Rx button on the right hand side at www.safecoalition.org.

  • Participate on October 26th, 2013 from 10:00am - 2:00pm for a larger local availability of Prescription Drop Off locations during the DEA National Take Back Event. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Visit the website below http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html for national locations. For local locations visit www.safecoalition.org and select the One Voice tab along the top.
  • Educate Yourself. Find helpful resources at www.safecoalition.org and select the One Voice tab.
  • Share What You Know. If you are a faith leader, share information with your congregations. If you are a parent, share information with family, friends and neighbors. If you are a doctor or other health care provider, share educational materials with your patients. If you are a community leader or law enforcement official, share information with the people in your community. If you are a teacher, school nurse or administrator, share information with the parents and students in your school.
  • If You Are a Parent. Talk to your kids about the risks of abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicine. Children who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not get that critical message at home.
  • Get Help. If you think your child or a loved one has a problem with prescription drugs or over-the counter cough medicine, please call the national Parents Toll-Free Helpline to speak to a parent specialist at 1-855-DRUGFREE ( 1-855-378-4373 ). In NJ call 211, or visit the division of mental health and addiction services at https://njsams.rutgers.edu/dastxdirectory/txdirmain.htm.

Thank you for doing your part to help end the prescription drug abuse epidemic.



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