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Drug Take Back Day in New Jersey: Saturday Oct 26

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – Oct. 26, 2013

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the DEA will be holding National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you will be able to anonymously dispose of your excess prescription and over-the-counter medications at any of numerous collection sites. In the Morristown, NJ area, more than 90 collection sites will be made available to you.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is intended to help people to safely dispose of their excess medications. As we know, unused medication can be a dangerous lure for those who suffer from drug problems. Additionally, if you attempt to dispose of prescription or over-the-counter medications yourself by flushing them or pouring them down the drain, you can damage our water systems. If you throw away your unused medications, animals or plants can be harmed by them as well.

Here is a list of Drug Take-Back locations in Northern New Jersey:

Northern New Jersey drug take-back locations.

Northern New Jersey drug take-back locations.


Allendale: Allendale Police Department
Allendale Police Department, 290 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale NJ, 07401, NJ

Bayonne: Bayonne Police Department
Bayonne Police Department, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne NJ, 07002, NJ

Bergenfield: Bergenfield Police Department
Bergenfield Police Department, 198 North Washington Ave., Bergenfield NJ, 07621, NJ

Berkeley Heights: Berkeley Heights Police Department
Berkeley Heights Police Department, 29 Park Ave., Berkeley Heights NJ, 07922, NJ

Bernardsville: Bernardsville Police Department
Bernardsville Police Department, 166 Minebrook Rd., Bernardsville NJ, 07924, NJ

Bloomfield: Bloomfield Police Department
Bloomfield Police Department, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield NJ, 07003, NJ

Bloomingdale: Bloomingdale Police Department
Bloomingdale Police Department, 101 Hamburg Turnpike, Bloomingdale NJ, 07403, NJ

Bound Brook: Bound Brook Police Department
Bound Brook Police Department, 226 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook NJ, 08805, NJ

Stanhope: Byram Twp. Police Department
Shop Rite, 90 Route 206, Stanhope NJ, 07874, NJ

Carteret: Carteret Police Department
Carteret Police Department, 230 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret NJ, 07008, NJ

Cedar Grove: Cedar Grove Police Department
Cedar Grove Police Department, 525 Route 23, Cedar Grove NJ, 07009, NJ

Chester: Chester Twp. Police Department
Chester Twp. Police Department, 1 Parker Road, Chester NJ, 07930, NJ

Clark: Clark Police Department
Clark Police Department, 315 Westfield Ave., Clark NJ, 07066, NJ

Cliffside Park: Cliffside Park Police Department
Cliffside Park Police Department, 525 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park NJ, 07010, NJ

Cranford: Cranford Police Department
Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford NJ, 07016, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division
Richmond University Medical Center, Main Lobby, 335 Bard Avenue, Staten Island NY, 10310, NJ

Brooklyn: Dea New York Division
New York City Police Department Brooklyn 68 Precinct, 333 65Th Street (Bay Ridge), Brooklyn NY, 11220, NJ

New York: Dea New York Division, 10 Precinct
New York City Police Department Manhattan, 230 West 20Th Street Chelsea, New York NY, 10011, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, 123Rd Precinct
New York City Police Department Staten Island, 116 Main Street (Tottenville), Staten Island NY, 10307, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, Chris Hollie
Staten Island University Hospital South Campus, 375 Seguine Ave (Lobby), Staten Island NY, 10309, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, Chris Hollie 718-226-1911
Staten Island University Hospital North Campus, 475 Seaview Ave (Lobby), Staten Island NY, 10305, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, Precinct 120
New York City Police Department Staten Island, 78 Richmond Terrace (Stgeorge), Staten Island NY, 10301, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, Precinct 122
New York Police Department Staten Island, 2320 Hylan Avenue (New Dorp), Staten Island NY, 10306, NJ

New York: Dea New York Division, Precinct 7
New York City Police Department Manhattan, 19 1/2 Pitt Street Lower East Side, New York NY, 10002, NJ

Brooklyn: Dea New York Division, Precinct 84
New York City Police Department Brooklyn, 301 Gold Street, Brooklyn NY, 11201, NJ

East Hanover: East Hanover Police Department
East Hanover Police Department, 2 Deforest Ave., East Hanover NJ, 07936, NJ

East Rutherford: East Rutherford Police Department
East Rutherford Police Department, 117 Stanley St., East Rutherford NJ, 07073, NJ

Edison: Edison Police Department
Edison Police Department, 100 Municipal Blvd, Edison NJ, 08817, NJ

Essex Fells: Essex Fells Police Department
Essex Fells Police Department, 255 Roseland Ave., Essex Fells NJ, 07021, NJ

Fairfield: Fairfield Twp. Police Department
Fairfield Police Department, 230 Fairfield Road, Fairfield NJ, 07004, NJ

Florham Park: Florham Park Police Department
Florham Park Police Department, 111 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park NJ, 07932, NJ

Somerset: Franklin Twp. Police Department
Franklin Police Department, 495 Demott Lane, Somerset NJ, 08873, NJ

Garfield: Garfield Police Department
Garfield Police Department, 411 Midland Ave., Garfield NJ, 07026, NJ

Glen Rock: Glen Rock Police Department
Glen Rock Police Department, 1 Harding Plaza, Glen Rock NJ, 07452, NJ

Hackettstown: Hackettstown Police Department
Hackettstown Police Department, 215 Stiger St., Hackettstown NJ, 07840, NJ

Haledon: Haledon Police Department
Haledon Police Department, 510 Belmont Ave., Haledon NJ, 07508, NJ

Hasbrouck Heights: Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, 320 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights NJ, 07604, NJ

Hawthorne: Hawthorne Police Department
Hawthorne Police Department, 445 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne NJ, 07506, NJ

High Bridge: High Bridge Borough Police Department
High Bridge Borough Police Department, 99 West Main Street, High Bridge NJ, 08829, NJ

Highland Park: Highland Park Police Department
Highland Park Police Department, 222 South 6Th Ave., Highland Park NJ, 08904, NJ

Hopatcong: Hopatcong Borough Police Department
Hopatcong Police Department- Lobby, 111 River Styx, Hopatcong NJ, 07843, NJ

Jersey City: Hudson County Sheriff'S Office
Hudson County Sheriff'S Office, 257 Cornelison Avenue, Jersey City NJ, 07302, NJ

Oak Ridge: Jefferson Twp. Police Department
Jefferson Twp. Police Department, 1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge NJ, 07438, NJ

Kearny: Kearny Police Department
Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave., Kearny NJ, 07032, NJ

Kenilworth: Kenilworth Police Department
Kenilworth Police Department, 567 Boulevard, Kenilworth NJ, 07033, NJ

Livingston: Livingston Twp. Police Department
Livingston Twp. Police Department, 333 South Livingston Ave., Livingston NJ, 07039, NJ

Mahwah: Mahwah Police Department
Mahwah Police Department, 221 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah NJ, 07430, NJ

Manville: Manville Police Department
Manville Police Deparment, 2 North Main Street, Manville NJ, 08835, NJ

Maplewood: Maplewood Police Department
Maplewood Police Department, 1618 Springfield Ave., Maplewood NJ, 07040, NJ

Maywood: Maywood Police Department
Maywood Police Department, 15 Park Ave., Maywood NJ, 07607, NJ

Mendham: Mendham Borough Police Department
Morris County Police Academy, 3 Cold Hill Road South, Mendham NJ, 07945, NJ

Metuchen: Metuchen Police Department
Metuchen Borough Hall, 500 Main Street, Metuchen NJ, 08840, NJ

South River: Middlesex County Sheriffs Office
Middlesex County Sheriffs Office, 701 Livingston Ave., South River NJ, 08882, NJ

Middlesex: Middlesex Police Department
Middlesex Police Department, 1101 Mountain Ave., Middlesex NJ, 08846, NJ

Midland Park: Midland Park Police Department
Midland Park Police Department, 280 Godwin Ave., Midland Park NJ, 07432, NJ

Milltown: Milltown Police Department
Milltown Police Department, 39 Washington Ave., Milltown NJ, 08850, NJ

Montclair: Montclair Police Department
Montclair Police Department, 647 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair NJ, 07042, NJ

Morris Plains: Morris County Prosecutor'S Office
Stop & Shop Supermarket, 245 Littleton Rd., Morris Plains NJ, 07950, NJ

Randolph: Morris County Prosecutor'S Office
Randolph Town Hall, 502 Millbrook Ave., Randolph NJ, 07869, NJ

Mountain Lakes: Mountain Lakes Police Department
Mountain Lakes Fire Department, 400 Blvd, Mountain Lakes NJ, 07046, NJ

Mountainside: Mountainside Police Department
Mountainside Police Department, 1385 Rt. 22 East, Mountainside NJ, 07092, NJ

New Brunswick: New Brunswick Police Department
New Brunswick Police Department, 25 Kirkpatrick St., New Brunswick NJ, 08901, NJ

New Providence: New Providence Police Department
New Providence Police Department, 360 Elkwood Ave., New Providence NJ, 07974, NJ

North Arlington: North Arlington Police Department
H&B Pharmacy, 98 Ridge Road, North Arlington NJ, 07031, NJ

North Brunswick: North Brunswick Police Department
North Brunswick Police Department, 710 Hermann Rd., North Brunswick NJ, 08902, NJ

North Plainfield: North Plainfield Police Department
North Plainfield Police Department, 263 Somerset St., North Plainfield NJ, 07060, NJ

Nutley: Nutley Police Department
Nutley Police Department, 228 Chestnut Street, Nutley NJ, 07110, NJ

Ogdensburg: Ogdendburg Police Department
Ogdensburg Police Department, 14 Highland Ave., Ogdensburg NJ, 07439, NJ

Palisades Park: Palisades Park Police Department
Palisades Park Police Department, 275 Broad Ave., Palisades Park NJ, 07650, NJ

Piscataway: Piscataway Police Department
Piscataway Police Department, 555 Sidney Road, Piscataway NJ, 08854, NJ

Rahway: Rahway Police Department
Rahway Police Department, 1 City Hall Plaza, Rahway NJ, 07065, NJ

Ramsey: Ramsey Police Department
Ramsey Police Department, 25 North Central Avenue, Ramsey NJ, 07446, NJ

Whitehouse Station: Readington Twp. Police Department
Readington Twp. Police Department, 507 Rt. 523, Whitehouse Station NJ, 08889, NJ

Ridgefield: Ridgefield Borough Police Department
Ridgefield Municipal Building, 604 Broad Ave., Ridgefield NJ, 07657, NJ

Ridgefield Park: Ridgefield Park Police Department
Ridgefield Park Police Department, 234 Main St., Ridgefield Park NJ, 07660, NJ

Ridgewood: Ridgewood Police Department
Ridgewood Police Department, 131 N. Maple Avenue, 2Nd Floor, Ridgewood NJ, 07450, NJ

Ringwood: Ringwood Police Department
Ringwood Police Department, 60 Margaret King Ave., Ringwood NJ, 07456, NJ

River Edge: River Edge Police Department
River Edge Police Department, 705 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge NJ, 07661, NJ

Rochelle Park: Rochelle Park Twp. Police Department
Rochelle Park Police Department, 151 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park NJ, 07662, NJ

Succasunna: Roxbury Twp. Police Department
Roxbury Recreation Center, 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna NJ, 07876, NJ

New Brunswick: Rutgers Unitverity Police Department
Rutgers Student Center- Community Policing Office, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick NJ, 08901, NJ

Rutherford: Rutherford Police Department
Rutherford Police Dept., 184 Park Ave., Rutherford NJ, 07070, NJ

Hillsborough: Somerset County Sheriff'S Office
South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough NJ, 08844, NJ

Somerville: Somerville Police Department
Somerville Police Department, 24 S. Bridge St., Somerville NJ, 08876, NJ

South Plainfield: South Plainfield Police Department
South Plainfield Police Department, 2480 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield NJ, 07080, NJ

South River: South River Police Department
South River Police Department, 61 Main Street, South River NJ, 08882, NJ

Sparta: Sparta Twp. Police Department
Sparta Twp. Police Department, 65 Main Street, Sparta NJ, 07871, NJ

Summit: Summit Police Department
Summit Pd, 512 Springfield Ave., Summit NJ, 07901, NJ

Teaneck: Teaneck Police Department
Teaneck Police Department, 900 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck NJ, 07666, NJ

Waldwick: Waldwick Police Department
Waldwick Public Safety Complex, 15 E. Prospect St., Waldwick NJ, 07463, NJ

Warren: Warren Twp. Police Department
Warren Twp. Police Department, 44 Mountain Blvd., Warren NJ, 07059, NJ

Long Valley: Washington Twp. Police Department
Washington Twp. Police Department, 1 East Springtown Road, Long Valley NJ, 07853, NJ

Washington Township: Washington Twp. Police Department
Washington Twp. Police Department, 350 Hudson Ave., Washington Township NJ, 07676, NJ

Watchung: Watchung Police Department
Watchung Police Department, 840 Somerset St., Watchung NJ, 07069, NJ

Wayne: Wayne Twp. Police Department
Wayne Police Department, 475 Valley Road, Wayne NJ, 07470, NJ

West Caldwell: West Caldwell Police Department
West Caldwell Police Department, 21 Clinton Road, West Caldwell NJ, 07006, NJ

West Orange: West Orange Police Department
West Orange Town Hall, 66 Main Street, West Orange NJ, 07052, NJ

Westfield: Westfield Police Department
Westfield Police Department, 425 E. Broad St., Westfield NJ, 07090, NJ

Woodbridge: Woodbridge Police Department
Woodbridge Police Department, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge NJ, 07095, NJ

Wyckoff: Wyckoff Police Department
Wyckoff Police Department, 1 Scott Plaza, Wyckoff NJ, 07481, NJ

September is National Recovery Month

There are over 390 events happening across the country this month, to celebrate “National Recovery Month“. The concept of a celebration of recovery has been around for at least 24 years,  known first as “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Awareness Month” and then “National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month”,  before the major sponsoring groups associated with the movement consolidated their programs.

The timing is appropriate. September is a time of change. Summer leaves us and Autumn/Fall arrives. Our children return to school.  Why not change our lives as well? What better time to take back our lives from the control of addictions and mental health issues?  The National Recovery Month events available to us offer hope and positive reinforcement that we can succeed. Millions of Americans have walked this path before, and succeeded in turning their lives around after struggles with substance abuse.

Information and help are only a click or a phone call away. On FaceBook visit http://www.facebook.com/RecoveryMonth or visit the web site managed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at http://www.recoverymonth.gov/ to find an event near you.

And of course to receive help for a substance abuse problem right now, call our specialists at 888-443-3869.

“Prescription Drug Abuse: Society’s Newest Epidemic” Ira Levy On the Air Friday June 21 12:00 Noon

Ira Levy will be helping to educate and inform as he participates in a discussion of the prescription drug abuse epidemic

Ira Levy of Sunrise Detox in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will join Dr. Lisa Stewart of VoiceAmerica for a radio show about the prescription drug abuse epidemic in America.

Ira Levy will be a guest on a special episode of Voice America's Health and Wellness program this Friday, June 21, at noon. Ira will provide insights into what is being called the “new epidemic” of prescription drug abuse and addiction.

Over the past several years prescription drug abuse (especially misuse of opioid pain killer medicines) has surged beyond anyone's expectations. Addiction to these drugs is one of the leading causes of preventable death in America.

Sunrise Detox treats thousands of patients every year for substance abuse, and prescription drugs compete with alcohol for the top substance abuse issue month after month. While government administrators and drug enforcement agents often spout statistics about crime and bad people doing drugs, Ira will show how regular everyday good people are suffering the consequences of addiction. Addictive substances now follow everyday events like minor injuries, doctor's orders, and everyday life challenges.

Drug addiction is no longer a problem for only “drug addicts”. Powerful opioid pain killers show up in almost everyone's medicine cabinet these days.

  • “Prescription Drug Abuse – Society’s Newest Epidemic” featuring Ira Levy of Sunrise Detox
  • Hosted by Dr. Lisa Stewart
  • June 21, 2013 at 12 noon Eastern time or via Podcast published after the show

From the studio:

Most people have had pain medication prescribed to them by a physician at some point in their lives. The recovery from knee and back surgery, for example, can be long and painful. What are the dangers of taking these prescribed pain medications? How can we avoid the damage caused by addiction to these medications that are supposed to be helping us? What can both doctors and patients do to become more aware of the dangers? Join Dr. Lisa Stewart as she talks with Ira Levy, an addictions specialist, about this national epidemic. Learn important information about the addiction cycle as it pertains to pain medication, and preventative measures that can be taken on an individual level to avoid the nightmare of physical and psychological addiction. Treatment options and specific strategies for this population of addicts will also be discussed.

 

Sponsors In Recovery — More Questions

Our clients attend group sessions while in detox, and questions come up about sponsors in recovery. Since the subject seems to confuse some folks in the beginning, we like to mention it occasionally with a bit of an explanation. These were a couple of recent questions.

What is a sponsor?

Sponsors in recovery are people with experience in the particular program of recovery, who have completed the 12 steps, and who help newcomers understand and guide them through completion. Along with that, they make themselves available as supports outside of meetings. A sponsor should be of a gender preference that minimizes the possibility of outside entanglement, and the sponsee should remember that age is not a factor in these matters. That is, men sponsor men and women sponsor women, unless the parties are gay.

Most sponsors require that their sponsees call them every day, and want to meet with them on frequent occasions to discuss their program, things that may be on their mind, and help prepare them for the various steps. If they do not have time to do that — and there are many good reasons why that might be the case — then perhaps another choice would be wise.

A sponsor is not a moneylender, legal adviser  marriage counselor or therapist. Their purpose is to help the newcomer focus on the 12 Steps, and to help them come to an understanding of their program of recovery. These other things distract and change the focus of the relationship, and are generally considered detrimental. Furthermore, it is quite likely that they are not qualified in those areas anyway. Although most of us develop friendships with our sponsors, even that is not necessary.  What is required is experience on the part of the sponsor, and our ability to learn to trust them.

The person we choose does not have to like our kind of music, be a sports buff, or even close to our own age, but he or she must show through appearance, actions and words that they are not only working a solid program but are also living a healthy life. There is no such thing as a perfect sponsor, but the best bet is to check out the person at a few meetings or over a cup of coffee, and see that they are not just talking the talk, but walking the walk as well.

Finally, we need to remember that a sponsor’s purpose is to lead us through the steps. If that is not happening, or if they are taking us off on some tangent, we need to understand that we are not married to them, and that we are free to look for another sponsor. We do, however, need to be sure that the incompatibility is real, and not simply a matter of having heard something we did not want to hear. The nature of recovery is change, and a sponsor who is unwilling to dig a little is not doing the job right.

Is it okay to have a sponsor in AA and another in NA?

This is a matter of opinion, to a degree. Generally-speaking, when it comes to those two fellowships, we would suggest that it is best to settle on one or the other for our step work. Every sponsor learns sponsorship from their own sponsors, and styles of sponsorship thus vary quite a bit. Having two individuals risks confusion. For example, one may like to spend more time on a particular step than another, or put more weight on writing as opposed to talking. Neither of those is wrong, but they can conflict.

One of the best reasons for not having two sponsors, however, is the danger that we will play one against the other. In any endeavor, it is best to have only one leader at a time. We recommend that a newcomer choose one fellowship for in-depth work, and attend meetings of the other for identification with those issues as well.

The exceptions to the above occur in the case of specialized fellowships, such as Overeaters or Gamblers Anonymous, or sexual addiction groups. In those and some other cases, the primary purposes are so different (at least on the surface) that it is imperative to have a sponsor who can personally and comfortably address those issues.

Ambien Not Just A Mild Sleeping Aid

A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to the sleep medication zolpidem rose nearly 220 percent from 6,111 visits in 2005 to 19,487 visits in 2010….

…Zolpidem is an FDA-approved medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia and is the active ingredient in drugs such as Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar and Zolpimist.

Read More at Science Daily

Potential Malnutrition In Pregnancy

Researchers have found that women of childbearing age who drink are less likely to take multivitamin supplements, and risk malnutrition in pregnancy.

No big surprise there.  However, it's important to remember that alcohol consumption prevents the body's proper absorption and utilization of nutrients, even if they are present in the diet.  So if pregnancy occurs, the baby gets a double-whammy: exposure to alcohol and a mom who could be suffering from malnutrition.  Not good.

Women Who Drink Before Pregnancy Less Likely to Take Multivitamins

Pure Truth

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin