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Got Drugs?

Got Drugs?
Got expired, unused, or unwanted Rx drugs laying around in your home? Sure, most of us do. Take a few minutes this Saturday and drop them off at a designated site. Dispose of these potentially harmful substances the right way and make a difference not only in your own family but your community at large. April 30th is National Prescription Take Back Day. Between the hours of 10am and 2pm, there will be drop off locations set up all over New Jersey as well as the entire country ready to take your unneeded medications and get these Rx drugs out of home in our communities. Easy access to medicine in the home is a leading cause of accidental poisoning. Medicine flushed down the toilet is polluting our waters and thrown in the trash makes them accessible for theft. By now mostly everyone is aware of the growing, alarming rate in which...
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MAY
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Prevention Week at South Brunswick High School

Prevention Week at South Brunswick High School
The 6th Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and Safe Disposal will be held on this Saturday, November 14th . The Coalition for Healthy Communities urges families to take the 5-Step Challenge. In New Jersey, we have come long way and so much has been achieved – hundreds of permanent disposal sites have been installed and thousands of tons of prescription drugs have been collected. Yet, we are still in the midst of an epidemic of opiate abuse and the need has continued to expand ever since New Jersey held the first statewide day of disposal in the nation. When we began addressing this issue back in 2009, the answer seemed simple, dispose of the unused medicine in your home and prevent it from being diverted and abused by the young people in your life. Safe disposal opportunities have expanded in New Jersey, and...
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JAN
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New Law for New Jersey Patients

New Law for New Jersey Patients
The Coalition for Healthy Communities continues to work with communities in Middlesex County to prevent prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse by partnering with local police departments to insure that residents have a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of expired or unused medications. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.  Nearly 40% of teens who have abused a prescription medication report getting the drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet.  Just one year ago, Middlesex County had a total of three sites to access...
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