Summit Medical Group Participates in the American Medicine Chest Challenge

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Summit Medical Group will coordinate the American Medicine Chest Challenge in Berkeley Heights, on its main campus at 1 Diamond Hill Road on Saturday, November 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

With the American Medicine Chest Challenge we are calling on Berkeley Heights residents to see their medicine cabinets through new eyes -- as an access point for potential misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicine by young people

Summit Medical Group will coordinate the American Medicine Chest Challenge in Berkeley Heights, on its main campus at 1 Diamond Hill Road. The event will take place on Saturday, November 13, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Summit Medical Group and in communities across the country.

Area residents are invited to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

•Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
•Lock your medicine chest.
•Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site (Summit Medical Group).
•Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
•Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows prescription medicines to be the most abused drugs by Americans, other than marijuana and found that 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives. A recent study on drug use by teens by the Partnership for a Drug Free America (PDFA) found that one in 9 children are abusing prescription pain relievers to get high.

"This Challenge will raise awareness about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and reduce the availability of potent drugs that lead kids down a path to addiction,'' explained American Medicine Chest Challenge Chief Executive Officer Angelo M. Valente.

“With the American Medicine Chest Challenge we are calling on Berkeley Heights residents to see their medicine cabinets through new eyes -- as an access point for potential misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicine by young people,” said Walter Cifuentes, RPh, licensed pharmacist for Walgreen’s at Summit Medical Group.

Residents can bring their unused, unwanted, and expired medication to Walgreen’s pharmacy, located inside Summit Medical Group’s Lawrence Pavilion. Collection will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the 13th. The event is open to all area residents. It is not necessary to be a patient of the Group to participate in the collection.

The American Medicine Chest Challenge has gained the national support of PhRMA, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. For more information, visit http://www.americanmedicinechestchallenge.com.

ABOUT SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP
Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. SMG has pioneered information technology advances in health care with its early adoption of electronic health records and e-prescribing. With more than 200 highly qualified providers, it is one of the most unique health care models in the state. SMG has an award-winning customer service program and NJBiz magazine has named it one of New Jersey's "Fifty Fastest Growing Companies". SMG treats more than 55,000 patients per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights as well as its satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Millburn, Shorts Hills, Summit, Warren, and Westfield. As one of the East Coast's premier multispecialty groups, SMG has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more information, please visit http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com.

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