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Police Departments Across Essex County to Participate in Take Back Drugs Day


ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Saturday, April 26, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and police departments throughout Essex County will be participating in “Take Back Drugs.” The initiative allows residents to safely dispose of accumulated, unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous; no questions will be asked.

Essex Fells Police Chief Vincent A. Kulik commented, "I encourage everyone to take advantage of this program. We all need to clean out our medicine cabinets and dispose of medications in a safe, environmentally friendly way."

Essex County Take Back Drugs Drop-Off Locations
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the following Essex County medication drop-off locations will be open:

“It's absolutely worth the effort to keep prescription drugs safe and out of the wrong hands, especially children,” commented West Caldwell’s Chief Michael J. Bramhall. "As the Chief of the West Caldwell Police Department and President of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association, I support this program wholeheartedly."

According to a media release, during the six previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in over 3.4 million pounds - more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

“If people are unable to drop off their medications for disposal on April 26, the North Caldwell Police Department has a 24-7-365 collection site; it's always available - 24 hours a day," added Bramhall.

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Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, all pose potential safety, environmental and health hazards. On their website, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that “Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's water bodies. Further research suggests that certain drugs may cause ecological harm.” The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states, “Medicine take-back programs for disposal are a good way to remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from the home and reduce the chance that others may accidentally take the medicine.”

In addition, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. 

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