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Prescription Monitoring in New Jersey

Prescription Monitoring in New Jersey

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa held a conference recently in which he announced new efforts to crack down on the rampant abuse of prescription medication in the Garden State. New Jersey began a program to monitor doctors, pharmacies, and all prescriptions, which went live in January and has already yielded good data for law enforcement agencies. “We’re putting people on notice that we’re watching, and we’re going to take action,” said Chiesa.

This monitoring program coincides with a historically record high rate of prescription abuse, and the a drive by the The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey called The Five Step American Medicine Cabinet Challenge, which is intended to halt the proliferation of expired or leftover medication. Some guidelines suggested include:

•Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.

•Secure your medicine chest.

•Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine in your home or at an American Medicine •Chest Challenge Disposal site.

•Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.

•Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse

If you have a problem with drug addiction or dependence, now is definitely the best time to seek help—before something like an overdose or adverse reaction happens to you. Thankfully, there is good help available. Detoxification and behavioral therapy have proven to be effective in treating drug and alcohol dependence. Addicts are often unable to complete treatment on their own or with family members, so it’s very important to seek the right treatment center. At Seabrook, we customize our treatment plans to individual patient’s needs, so you know the help you’re getting is right for you or a loved one. Seabrook has rehabilitation centers in New Jersey (NJ), Pennsylvania (PA), and an outpatient center in New York (NY). Contact Seabrook today for any questions about drugs, alcohol, addiction, and treatment.