The New Jersey Poison Experts urge everyone to take advantage of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day. On Saturday, October 29, 2011, the DEA will host its 3rd Take-Back event. This one-day event will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to one of the turn-in sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Turn-in site locations can be found at www.dea.gov. All sites will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The NJ Poison Control Center wants to keep NJ residents safe. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medications in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and/or abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses die 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, the public is now being advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medications—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—may pose potential safety and health hazards.
The NJ Poison Experts encourage all NJ residents to take part in this one-day event to get rid of any unused or expired medications. With the public’s support of the 3rd Take-Back event, we may help save a life. If you have any questions regarding the National Prescription Drug Take-Back event or if you suspect a poisoning and are seeking treatment advice, CALL THE POISON CONTROL CENTER’S HOTLINE IMMEDIATELY at 1-800-222-1222. NJPIES’ leaders urge medical professionals, parents, educators, caregivers and the general public to call the toll-free poison center hot line. The hotline is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! All services are free and confidential. The NJ Poison Experts are available to assist both for emergency poisonings, as well as, for non-emergency questions regarding medications, household products, plants, environmental contaminants, or other poisons. We recommend putting the number in all family cell phones as well as programming it as a speed dial number on landlines, and prominently posting the number near home and phones.
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