Saturday, April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) encouraged New Jersey families across the state to help fight drug abuse by participating in this National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28th.
Sen. Kristin Corrado encouraged local families to participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day. (Pixabay)
“As a community, it’s important that we each do our part in helping to prevent drug addiction,” Corrado said. “On National Prescription Take Back Day, I encourage families to help prevent the diversion and abuse of any unused medications by removing them from their homes for safe disposal.”
As of May 2017, more than 76,500 New Jerseyans were admitted for substance.
The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs acquire them unnoticed from their family or friends homes as reported by the United States Department of Justice.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that misused opioid prescription use is a high-risk factor for heroin use.
“The safety of our families and communities is paramount,” Corrado added. “By removing unused drugs from our medicine cabinets we are keeping harmful drugs out of the hands of our loved ones.”
A Take-Back program near you can be located by visiting the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s website. However, if a program is not available near you, the DEA suggests to:
- Take the medications out of their bottles;
- Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
- Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw away.
Additionally, New Jersey’s Project Medication Drop has locations across the state year-round for individuals to drop off unneeded prescriptions.
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