CRANFORD, NJ - Many kids who take illegal drugs start with the prescriptions in the medicine cabinets in their own homes.  So the Rotary Club of Cranford is partnering with the Cranford Municipal Alliance to stop them before they can begin.  The two organizations are making medication safe boxes available to families for $5 at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue and at Bell’s Pharmacy, 17 North Union Avenue. 

A recent survey released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation confirmed that more than four in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug obtained it from their parent’s medicine cabinet.  Experts recommend that parents secure prescriptions in a safe place, such as a locked container.

The safe boxes are small plastic containers that hold three to four smaller pill bottles or two larger bottles.  They have a combination lock attached which makes the box tamper-evident, so parents will be able to tell if someone has tried to get it open. 

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The Rotary Club of Cranford was established in 1923 and serves the Cranford community through service projects, sponsorships and scholarships.  The Cranford Municipal Alliance Committee is a community-based organization consisting of volunteer members which is dedicated to a comprehensive and coordinated effort to reduce and prevent substance abuse.