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Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet


Spring Cleaning

November Prevention Column


If you had no idea, you are not alone; in fact, there are many doctors who are not trained in  pharmacology , and so base their decision to prescribe an opioid on information they receive from the manufacturer of the drug. This information may, or may not, provide total transparency of the drug’s safety and efficacy. Moreover, many patients taking prescription opioids know them as “pain killers” and are not aware of their similarity to heroin. Many make the assumption prescription opioids are safe because they are legal drugs prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist. LEGAL DOES NOT MEAN SAFE!

The Morris County Task Force on Opiates Presents


Do No Harm

Morristown Medical Center Do No Harm Symposium Targets Painkiller Epidemic

donoharm-picMORRISTOWN – The dangers of driving, especially while intoxicated, are well-documented but no longer represent the most common cause of accidental death in New Jersey.

The most life-threatening danger we face, say local, state and federal law-enforcement authorities, is not behind the wheel, and may be stored in a bottle in your medicine cabinet at home.

“In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in the United States to medicate every adult American, every four hours, for a month,” Paul Fishman, U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, said Tuesday at Morristown Medical Center. “Think about that. In the year 2000, just 14 years ago, retail pharmacies dispensed 174 million opioid prescriptions, In 2009, 257 million, an increase of almost 50 percent.”

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Do No Harm

Physicians from across New Jersey are invited to join with national and state leaders at Morristown Medical Center April 24th to discuss solutions to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse at the No Harm Symposium. To register, or for additional information visit