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.
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