Dispose Prescriptions Drugs Safely
Because of the great problem with prescriptions drugs, a group is working to help people dispose of them safely in new jersey:
"Bergen County Law Enforcement Participates in American Medicine Chest Challenge
For area residents who didn’t have an opportunity to dispose of their prescription medications during September’s Operation Take Back NJ effort, the American Medicine Chest Challenge is occurring on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Collection sites include the center court of Paramus Park Shopping Center, Bergen Community College’s Lyndhurst campus and the Konica Spectator Lobby at Ramapo College in Mahwah.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem nationwide. The 2007 National Study of Drug Use and Health found that 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers indicated they got them from friends or relatives, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that upward of 9 million people use prescription medication for non-medical uses. Using prescription drugs to get high is growing in popularity among high school students and is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States; with prescription drugs ranking as the second most abused category of drugs behind marijuana. While these medications are safe and effective when taken as directed for legitimate medical purposes, they are just as dangerous and deadly as illicit drugs when taken for non-medical purposes or ingested accidentally. (Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy).
The Center For Alcohol and Drug Resources, a Program of Children’s Aid and Family Services; the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office; and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, are encouraging Bergen County residents to properly dispose of their prescription medications - more -
during the American Medicine Chest Challenge. The initiative is open to all Bergen County residents and is free and anonymous. The substances will be disposed of in a safe, non-hazardous manner, preventing them from falling into the hands of teenagers or causing harm to the environment. "