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Toms River Police to Collect Unused Medications Saturday

Police department will participate in 'Operation Take Back New Jersey'

The Toms River police department will participate in 'Operation Take Back New Jersey' Saturday.

The department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents can bring medications for disposal to the on Oak Avenue between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Individuals 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, individuals 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. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.

Authorities say turning in unwanted medications is important because medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

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.

Martin April 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I've been waiting for this. The chief talked about starting this program months ago.
Martin April 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM
70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that nearly 9 million people use prescription medication for non-medical uses. A survey of New Jersey middle school principals found that prescription drugs are abused more than twice as much as ecstasy and cocaine are by middle school students in this state. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of visits to hospital emergency departments involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased by 111%.

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