NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Citizens in New Providence and surrounding towns participated in the fourth annual Drug Take Back day on Saturday, September 29.
Hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the event is a "National Take-Back Initiative," that allows citizens to drop off medications and drugs that are not needed.
"This allows residents to get expired meds out of the house," said Scott Torre, New Providence Deputy Chief of Police, "it can discourage people from flushing them."
The initiative gets people to think about disposing of medications in a proper manner, making it safer for all members of the household.
Douglas S. Collier, Special Agent of Public Affairs with the Drug Enforcement Administration in New Jersey, said the day was successful.
"It was a great opportunity to spread awareness about meds that are not used and a proper way to dispose of them."
Collier encourages people to make the right decisions when it comes to unused medications, indicating that the results can be "devastating if in the wrong hands."
AmericanMedicineChest.com is a reference for anyone interested in learning more about the dangers of prescription drugs being left behind in an unsafe manner according to Collier. He says the wealth of information on the site and its messages are full of impact.
"The Prescription Drug Take Back went very well, we dropped off 75-80 pounds of prescription drugs to the DEA at the prosecutors office," said Torre.
The drugs were immediately weighed and destroyed.
To find out more about the initiative, call 1-800-882-9539.