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Eatontown Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 28

    On Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Eatontown Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Eatontown Police Department at 47 Broad Street. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

      In the most recent Operation Take Back Initiative, held in October of 2017, the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state, local and tribal partners in law enforcement collected 912,305 pounds of unwanted medicines across the United States. The previous 14 events have resulted in the collection of 9,015,668 pounds (more than 4,508 tons) of prescription drugs that have been removed from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and nightstands by citizens around the country. In the October event, New Jersey alone collected 14,527 pounds of unwanted medication, with 177 participating state and local police departments, making this bi-annual Take Back Initiative an enormous success and a great benefit to our communities.

     This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the

April 28th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

 

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2018 Pamphlet