When the discussion arose regarding the abuse of prescription medication
use becoming an epidemic, not many people recognized how real the threat
was. Now, as we move forward, it is becoming more and more prominent.
As drug usage and overdose statistics continue to show alarming trends,
more initiatives are being brought forward to help combat the epidemic
and make this issue a thing of the past. One of the newer programs that
is being used is the Project Medicine Drop produced by the New Jersey
Division of Consumer Affairs.
Project Medicine Drop is an attempt to stop abuse of prescription drugs,
making it possible for consumers to dispose of their expired and unused
medications in an anonymous manner. The prescription drug drop boxes are
located throughout participating law enforcement department headquarters
and are open every single day of the year. This is to ensure that the
drop location is in a secure area within view of law enforcement so there
is no risk that the prescription drugs will fall into the wrong hands.
The more people use the drop locations, the less prescription medication
there is on the street for consumption and abuse.
Another plan, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s
National Take Back Initiative, was a success. So was the American Medicine
Chest Challenge, another initiative sponsored by the Sheriff’s Association
of New Jersey, the DEA, and the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.
These were single-day events that encouraged people to drop off their
unused prescription medications. With the addition of the Project Medicine
Drop program, people can drop off medication every day of the year.
This initiative provides a real solution to an epidemic that has resulted
in tens of thousands of preventable deaths. The United States Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 40 Americans
die from a prescription drug overdose every day. It is believed that prescription painkiller overdoses result in more
deaths than both cocaine and heroin combined. Drug abuse and overdosing
affects teens as well. It is believed that two in five teenagers believe
that prescription medications are safer than illegal street drugs. This
has led to roughly 2,500 youths each day taking painkillers to achieve
a high for the first time.
This growing problems need to be remedied, and getting prescription medication
off the street is the first step. There have also been new regulations
put into place regarding how physicians and pharmacies prescribe these
drugs, limiting the ability of individuals to abuse them. The hope is
that the Project Medicine Drop program and all other initiatives being
taken will be enough to lower the numbers. The next step would be to help
those already dealing with an addiction to prescription medication and
guide them on the road to sobriety.
At Turning Point, we know how addictions begin and how serious abuse of
prescription medication is. It is our goal to help those struggling with
addiction take the necessary steps to move forward with their lives, and
get away from the dangers they face. If you are looking for a
drug rehab center in New Jersey and you want a team you can trust standing behind you, Turning Point is
the option for you. We’ve helped countless clients reach their goals
for sobriety and it is our goal to help you, too.
Learn how Turning Point has been successful in the past.
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