MIDDLESEX COUNTY — On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every municipality in Middlesex County, 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.
Middlesex County residents are urged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring their medications for disposal to sites available in their own municipality. Locate a collection site near you by visiting the Drug Enforcement Administration website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Prescription drug abuse is rapidly becoming 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. According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. Additionally, the survey reported for the third year in a row that prescription drugs are the second most abused drug category behind only marijuana.
The Coalition for Healthy Communities, an initiative of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc., is the lead organization assisting in the implementation of this event in Middlesex County.
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 1-732-254-3344.