On Saturday, April 29, 2017 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the Eatontown Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s “Operation Take Back New Jersey.” Residents will be able to bring and dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication. This program is anonymous with no questions or requests for identification to allow individuals to deposit medication freely and independently.
Residents may dispose of medication either in its original container or by removing medication from its container and disposing directly into the drug disposal box. If the original container is submitted, residents are encouraged to remove the prescription label if it contains any personal identifying information.
Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in their original container with the cap tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.
In April of 2016, 222 New Jersey Law Enforcement Agencies participated in this program and collected 17,785 pounds. Nationwide, 898,498 pounds (447 tons) were collected.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, “The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family. Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses—78 a day—in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.
“These results show that more Americans than ever are taking the important step of cleaning out their medicine cabinets and making homes safe from potential prescription drug abuse or theft,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “Unwanted, expired or unused prescription medications are often an unintended catalyst for addiction. Take-Back events like these raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and offer the public a safe and anonymous way to help prevent substance abuse.”
Residents wishing to drop off medication can do so at the Eatontown Police Department Lobby, 47 Broad Street, Eatontown, N.J. 07724. Residents can visit the DEA website for more information, https://www.dea.gov/index.shtml