Although teens are turning away from street drugs, there's a new threat and it's from the family medicine cabinet! The abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs continues to be on the rise as teens and young adults are abusing them to get high. This includes painkillers, such as those drugs prescribed after surgery; depressants, such as sleeping pills or anti-anxiety drugs; and stimulants, such as those drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Teens are also abusing over-the-counter drugs, such as cough and cold remedies.

Because these drugs are so readily available, and many teens believe they are a safe way to get high, teens who wouldn't otherwise touch illicit drugs might abuse prescription drugs. Parents, caregivers and concerned community members are the first line of defense in addressing this troubling trend.

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You can be part of the solution! Mark your calendar for April 28th to get rid of unused and unwanted medications in your home. See the flyer below for more details!Countywide Disposal Day

Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:00AM-2:00PM

Andover Township: Andover Police Department Byram: ShopRite (Rt. 206) Franklin: Franklin Police Department Hardyston: Hardyston Municipal Building Hopatcong: Medicine Shoppe (50 Hopatchung Rd) Montague: ShopRite (Rt 23/ Tristate Mall) Newton: ShopRite (Rt. 206)

Sussex: A&P (455 Rt 23N) Sparta: Sparta Police Department Vernon: A&P (Rt. 515)

WHAT TO BRING TO THE COLLECTION

Expired or unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medications Drugs that didn’t work for you, a family member or pet Drugs that are no longer used or from deceased family members Unknown tablets and capsules

Participating Law Enforcement Agencies:

Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office; Sussex County Sheriff's Office; NJ State Police; Andover Police; Byram Police; Franklin Police; Hardyston Police; Hopatcong Police; Newton Police; Sparta Police; and Vernon Police.

For more information, call the Center for Prevention & Counseling at 973-383-4787 or visit www.centerforprevention.org