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NJ BAYSHORE AREA: Substance abuse, especially with our youth is an epidemic locally and nationally. It's in every town and has affected every family somehow. More than 50, of our community's youth who have attended/graduated from Raritan High School in Hazlet, NJ have overdosed and died as a result of substance abuse.  This is a local CRISIS. 

In NJ during alone in 2018, there were 3,163 documented deaths of people who have died of drug overdoses. That is 3,163 families devastated-our state is in crisis.  According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. 

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Two out of three deaths are because of opioid overdose, a main gateway is teens using prescription medicine found from medicine cabinets in their own home or a relative or friend's. It starts out as an experimental high and soon leads to a strong addiction. 

Clear your medicine cabinets of any unused and leftover prescription drugs and drop them off on Saturday, October 26th, on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day click here for locations. 

This initiative addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.  According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

VIDEO: The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Watch this PSA video: 

DROP OFF YOUR LEFT-OVER PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, FROM 10AM-2PM. CLICK HERE FOR LOCATIONS. NOTE MOST POLICE STATIONS COLLECT THEM EVERY DAY. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE IF UNSURE.