(TRENTON) – Assemblymen Tim Eustace and Joseph Lagana are encouraging district 38 residents to bring any unused prescriptions to their police department for proper disposal as part of the “National Take Back Day” program, which discards of controlled substances as a way to prevent them from ending up in the wrong hands.
“Prescription drug abuse in New Jersey is on the rise, and as detailed in the state report, “Scenes from an Epidemic”, many users who abuse prescription drugs transition to heroin,” said Eustace (D-Bergen). “These users are primarily young people. If you have prescriptions you no longer use or need, take advantage of this program and bring them in so that they can be properly discarded.”
“This prescription take back initiative is a matter of both public safety and public health. Many of us may take the old prescriptions in our medicine cabinets for granted, but they are a real danger if someone in the household is experimenting with drugs”, said Lagana (D-Bergen). “We must be vigilant in addressing the challenges of drug abuse not only in the streets but also in our own homes.”
The drop-off – sponsored by most police departments across the district, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – will be held on Saturday, April 26th. Any unused, unwanted or left over prescriptions may be dropped-off between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inquiries can also be made to the DEA Office of Diversion at 1-800-882-9539.
The goal of the program is to allow New Jersey residents to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who can then dispose of these controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner, preventing these pills from falling into the hands of juveniles or into the illicit market in our communities. In October of 2013, Americans turned in over 300 tons of prescription drugs in a similar effort.