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Effort to Rid Homes of Unwanted Drugs Takes Place Saturday [AUDIO]

This Saturday, New Jersey joins the rest of the nation in an effort to collect unneeded prescription drugs that have become a serious public health threat.

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More kids are raiding their parents’ medicine cabinets. About 5,000,000 teens in the U.S. say they have misused or abused prescription stimulants at least once, which is up about 33 percent from just five years ago.

“National Take Back” is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Steve Liga, of the Middlesex County chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, describes the ticking time bomb unwanted prescriptions have become

“Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country. It passed traffic accidents in New Jersey in 2009.”

About 258 New Jersey towns will participate in this no-questions-asked-effort to ensure these unneeded prescriptions do not fall into the wrong hands. What is collected will be destroyed by incineration.

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