As per a Spokesman for the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, a prescription drug collection program that was initiated in New Jersey previous year will spread across the country this year.
The program named as the National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign is a replica of New Jersey’s Operation Medicine Cabinet, whose sole motive is to prevent teenagers from taking drugs to get high, which are kept in their parents’ cabinet; and the last year, around 9,500 pounds of pain killers, antidepressants and other medications were collected under the program.
After the New Jersey’s success, the campaign will include 50 more states covering 2700 sites. The national program and Operation Take-Back New Jersey in the current year will be carried out in 400 towns on Saturday and the collection locations will be police headquarters, libraries, pharmacies and supermarkets.
Douglas Collier, Special Agent of the DEA’s New Jersey division said, “We want people to go into their medicine cabinets and look for drugs that are expired or they don’t use anymore”. He added that the cabinets served as the best source of supply for adolescents, so they wanted to remove so.
Adding further to this, he told that those teenagers, who are fresh to the consumption of drugs look into their parents’ bathroom for medications. Such cases are prevalent even more than the use of heroin and cocaine for first-time users among youngsters.
The basic aim of this program is to make parents conscious of what is kept in their medicine cabinet, as told by Wayne Smith, Irvington Mayor.