On Thursday, April 27, the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey shut down a pain treatment practice in Cherry Hill that was serving 300-400 patients across Camden, Burlington, Ocean, Cape May, & Gloucester Counties.
For anyone who uses secondhand prescription medicines in these counties (i.e., not directly from the pharmacy or a script in your name), you may be at increased risk of overdose due to the practice shut down. Available secondhand (also known as diverted*) pills are less likely to be pharmaceutical grade, and more likely to be pressed pills that mimic prescription medications. This means pills not directly from a pharmacy are more likely to contain fentanyl, which increases the risk of an opioid-related overdose.
Reducing Your Risk During Supply Disruptions
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