New survey results released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey learned that parents in New Jersey estimate that approximately three in ten middle school students are abusing prescription or over-the-counter drugs. This does not come as a complete surprise, considering the prescription drug abuse epidemic across the United States.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey annual Tracking Study of Parent Attitude and Behavior in Alcohol and Drug Abuse learned that about eight in ten parents believe that kids get prescription and over-the-counter drugs from medicine cabinets of their homes or at the homes of friends and family. The survey also learned that the number of New Jersey parents who report having expired medicines in their home has dropped from 42 percent to 35 percent, suggesting that the campaign to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications has been a success.
“While Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is encouraged by the number of parents who are taking steps to help protect their families, we are still very concerned that the majority of New Jersey families have yet to initiate the steps to help safeguard their homes,” said Angelo M. Valente, the executive director of Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.