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Be Safe With Rx

Medication Safety Starts With You!

Medication safety starts with you! We can all do our part to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs by engaging in safe medication practices at home, as well as educating others in the community.

With New Jersey’s Project Medicine Drop (NJPMD), the Office of the Attorney General in conjunction with the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community, have placed secured drop boxes in the headquarters of local police departments. Partners in Prevention is working with the Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services and the Office on Mental Health and Addiction Services to spread awareness about these locations!

The Office on Mental Health and Addiction Services works closely with the State Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to oversee the provision of prevention, education, early intervention and treatment services for residents in need of mental health and/or addiction services.

The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, inhalers, and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids.

Only use your prescription medications as directed by your healthcare provider.

Never share your medication with others or take someone else’s prescription medication.

Medication should be stored in a secure or lockable location.

Do not take your medication with other drugs or alcohol unless advised to do so by your healthcare provider.

Let your prescriber or pharmacist know if you have questions about the safe use of medications.

Model safe medication practices.

The Do's and Don'ts of Rx Medication Disposal

Do's

1. Place expired, unused, or unwanted medications in a drug drop box or take advantage of a local drug take back event. Visit rxdrugdropbox.org for more info!

2. Consider using a lock-box, or locked desk drawer to secure your prescription and over-the-counter medications.

3. Use a medication deactivation bag specially designed to deactivate unused, expired or unneeded medications.

4. Model healthy behaviors by only using Rx medications as directed by your healthcare provider. Never share your medications with others.

Don'ts

1. Do not throw away prescription or over-the-counter medications in your trash.

2. Don’t flush them down the toilet. This can negatively impact the environment and local water supply.