Avalon Police To Accept Unwanted Prescription Drugs on “Take Back” Day April 29th

//Avalon Police To Accept Unwanted Prescription Drugs on “Take Back” Day April 29th

Avalon Police To Accept Unwanted Prescription Drugs on “Take Back” Day April 29th

Avalon Police Chief William McCormick announced that on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Avalon Police Department  and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in seven years 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 Avalon Police Department at 3000 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Each year, Americans turned in hundreds of tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds of pills.

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 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website,  www.dea.gov .

2017-05-01T11:26:22+00:00