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April 20, 2012
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Tomorrow, April 28th, 2012 is National Take Back RX Day, this article from the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) written by Steven Marcus, Executive and Medical Director and Dr. Bruce Ruck, Director, Drug Information and Professional Education reminds us of the important of getting rid of medication we no longer use. Please read the following article and forward to your loved ones. 

From NJPIES:

Why should I get rid of medication I am no longer using? 

Infants, teens and adults can gain access to unused and/or expired medications which can lead to intentional and unintentional exposures. In 2011, the NJ Poison Experts answered nearly 66,000 calls for assistance from both the public and health care professionals around the state.  Of these calls, 25,000 involved the ingestion/exposure of one or more medications.  Approximately 4,000 calls were related to medications being used in suicide attempts; 800 involved attempts by teenagers. In addition, almost 2,000 calls were related to abuse or misuse of medications.  The remainder of calls involved unintentional ingestions/exposures; the majority of which occurred in children below the age of 5. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responding to our nation’s prescription drug (Rx) crisis by partnering with local law enforcement agencies for another National Take Back Day.  As the data shows, prescription and over-the counter (OTC) medications are used every day by teens and adults to get high. This take back event will help keep dangerous, addictive drugs off the street and give the public the opportunity to help prevent pill abuse in their communities. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2012.  Contact the New Jersey Poison Experts at 1-800-222-1222 for a local drop-off site near you.  All sites will operate from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

The NJ Poison Experts encourage all NJ residents to participate on Saturday, April 28th!  Help make a difference in your community by safely disposing of your unused and/or expired prescription and OTC medications.  In turn, your efforts will help decrease the number of teens using these medications to get high, as well as, decrease the number of toddlers who ingest medications used for diabetes, blood pressure, heart, etc.  Remind the seniors in your lives to do the same. 

If you have any questions regarding the National Take-Back event or if you suspect a poisoning and are seeking treatment advice, CALL THE NJ POISON EXPERTS at 1-800-222-1222. Help is available in over 150 languages; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.  Program the Poison Help line 1-800-222-1222 into your cell phone and post it near your home and office phones too. 

Help us spread the word!  Forward this release to family, friends, coworkers, local radio and TV stations, magazines, and newspapers.  Don’t forget about Facebook and Twitter.  If you haven’t done so already, like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/njpies) and follow us on Twitter (@NJPoisonCenter) for poison prevention tips, safety updates and news.  We appreciate all of your help!

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