Time to Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

As the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 27th, I wanted to remind you to take stock of your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of any unused or expired medication. 

It is more important than ever that we raise awareness about the dangers associated with prescription opioids and their link to heroin and fentanyl.  The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) American Medicine Chest Challenge encourages and provides action steps for families to safeguard their homes from prescription drug diversion. 

I encourage you to follow the 5 easy steps to safeguard your home.

  • Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
  • Secure your medicine.
  • Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.
  • Do not share the medicine prescribed to you.
  • Talk to your children and physician about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

PDFNJ’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Learning Series covered this important topic with a webinar entitled, Doing Your Part: Safe Disposal of Opioids.  In case you missed it, you can view it here.

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