NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal, state and non-profit organizations are launching a public service campaign aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse in New Jersey.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced the "Right Prescription for New Jersey" initiative on Monday.
The program features a web-based toolkit for parents, as well a series of television, bus and train public service announcements aimed at keeping drugs, especially powerful prescription painkillers, out of reach of young people.
The initiative emphasizes the importance of talking to young people about the potential dangers of prescription drugs, securing the family medicine cabinet and disposing properly of prescriptions.
Fishman says public education is important because 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends or relatives.
Information is available at AmericanMedicineChest.com.