Middlesex County municipalities, Sheriff's Department, and Rutgers University will again participate in event designed to dispose of unused medication
On Saturday September 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Middlesex County municipalities along with Rutgers University will provide another opportunity to prevent prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.
County residents are urged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring their medications for disposal to sites available in their own municipality. A link to locate a collection site near you is now posted on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website at http://www.dea.gov.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Each day in the U.S., nearly 7,000 people abuse or misuse a prescription drug for the first time, while approximately 2,500 of them are youth between the ages of 12 and 17. Prescription medication abuse continues to rise and devastate families and communities throughout our country.
Prescription drug abuse is one of our nation's greatest emerging drug problems and it is widely recognized that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets.
In an effort to reduce the availability of these drugs in our community, the Coalition for Healthy Communities, an initiative of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc., continues to take the lead in the implementation of this event in Middlesex County.
Statewide, National Take-Back is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration New Jersey Division, Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the New Jersey Prevention Network, and the New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash— are posing potential safety and health hazards.Prescriptions collected during National Take-Back will be taken to a central location to be incinerated. Anyone seeking additional information or volunteer opportunities for National Take-Back in Middlesex County should contact Linda Surks at 732-254-3344.
To search by zip code for a collection site near you, just go to the DEA website.