The Burlington County Commissioners are giving families a new tool to combat illicit prescription drug use.
The commissioners voted to approve the purchase of SafeRx locking prescription pill bottles for distribution throughout the county. Each bottle contains a unique combination lock to guard against unauthorized access and misuse of the prescription drugs, including prescription opioids.
The county plans to distribute the pill bottles via the Burlington County Hope One Mobile Outreach unit.
The Hope One unit is run by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Burlington County Department of Human Services and Burlington County Health Department and staff from Virtua Health, Maryville Addiction Treatment Center and the Deborah Heart and Lung Center. It regularly travels to different communities in the county to offer training on overdose antidote use, referrals to recovery services and other resources to those struggling with substance use disorders.