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Prescription Drug Abuse

The death rate from the abuse of prescription medications has reached epidemic proportions. It is also having a serious impact on the economy.  The Division of Community Affairs within the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office has taken the leadership in combating this issue by developing the prescription monitoring program. New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program.

The State Division of Consumer Affairs is also concerned about the proper disposal of prescription medications and has considerable material about this issue on its web site as well. Project Medicine Drop

Parent Resources:

The Partnership at

Prescription and Over-The-Counter DRUG GUIDE: A Parent’s Guide to the Legal Drugs Kids are Using and Abusing

Get Smart About Drugs - A U.S. DEA Resource for Parents

Parents - The Anti-Drug

NIDA for Teens:

PEERx – Share a Dose of Reality: Prescription Drug Abuse IS Drug Abuse

Mind Over Matter; Prescription Drug Abuse

Additional Resources:

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

Prescription Pain Relievers

Prescription Sedatives & Tranquilizers

Prescription Stimulants

New Jersey Division of Addiction Services

New Jersey Poison Information & Education System (NJPIES), 800-222-1222

Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

How to Dispose of Unused Medications

Safe Use Initiative