NEWTON, NJ— The Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities in Newton, the Sussex County Law Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration is promoting a nationwide effort on Saturday October 22 as a day to be part of the solution to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs and reduce the opiate abuse epidemic.
A sponsored event know as Rx Disposal Day, which is a bi-annual event sponsored by the DEA, will be held on Saturday, to safely and securely dispose of unwanted medicines at nine different locations in Sussex County.
Disposal sites in Sussex County will include Andover, Augusta, Byram, Hardyston, Hopatcong, Newton, Sparta and Vernon, in addition to a temporary location at the Byram Shop Rite.
“One out of 6 teens report using a prescription drug to get high or change their mood. Unused drugs that remain in medicine cabinets and homes are highly susceptible to theft and misuse while opiate prescription pain relievers can lead to heroin addiction” said AnnMarie Shafer, Coalition Coordinator with the Center for Prevention and Counseling.
The following police departments in Sussex County have permanent Rx disposal boxes available that are available at all times, on all days of the year: Andover Police Department, Augusta, NJ State Police Sussex Barracks, Byram Police Department, Hardyston Police Department, Hopatcong Police Department, Newton Police Department, Sparta Police Department, Vernon Police Department.
“Take part in this important event by cleaning out your medicine cabinets and disposing of any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication at any one of the nine sites below”, said Shafer.