By: Follow South Jersey Staff
DEPTFORD, N.J. — Operation Take Back, a program that provides Gloucester County residents an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs in an effort to prevent substance abuse and overdose, will take place on Saturday, October 24, at the Deptford Township Municipal Building, 1101 Cooper Street, Deptford from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
The program, part of National Drug Take Back Day, is sponsored by the Deptford Township Police Department in partnership with The Gloucester County Division of Human and Disability Services and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office
“This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs,” Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said.
Proper disposal of unused prescription drugs helps prevent those medications being used improperly according to Freehold Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco.
“We need to keep unused or expired medications out of the wrong hands, so please bring them down to the drop off location on October 24,” DiMarco, who is liaison to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, said.
According to the National Drug Take Back Day website, “9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.”
During the 2019 National Take Back Day, 882,919 pounds of unused and expired medication was collected for proper disposal.
This event is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It is estimated that approximately 9.9 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs.
“National Take Back Day provides hundreds of people the opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of prescriptions in a safe and anonymous manner. We encourage Gloucester County residents to take advantage of this opportunity,” Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Division of Human and Disability Services, said.
Only pills and other solids, such as patches can be brought to the collection sites for disposal. Liquids and needles will not be accepted. Due to COVID-19 anyone dropping off prescription medication to be disposed of must wear a mask as well as follow the guidelines for safe distancing.
For more information, please visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov or call the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-384-5500.
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