WAYNE, NJ – On Saturday, October 24, the Wayne Police Department will be holding its annual Operation Take Back prescription pill collection initiative. This is part of a national Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) program to help reduce drug addiction and overdose deaths.

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health9.9 million Americans abused or misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that the home medicine cabinet is often where abused prescription drugs were obtained by family and friends.

“Medications have the potential to get in the wrong hands, either accidentally or purposely sought out by of visitors,” said Robbin Gulino, the Coordinator for the Wayne Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse. “These visitors could be family, or attendees of your real estate open house, or people coming for a party, or anyone who comes to visit.”

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“This DEA sponsored initiative provides Wayne Township residents an opportunity to safely dispose of any unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications (pills) in a safe and environmentally responsible manner,” said Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff. “We are encouraging all Wayne residents to participate and tell their friends and neighbors.

Please secure all prescription pills in a clear plastic, Ziploc bag prior to responding to Wayne Police Headquarters. Do not leave pills in the prescription bottle that may contain contact information.

“People hold on to old medication because they feel they may need it later,” added Gulino. “But expired medication doesn’t have predictable strength. Drug take back day is an excellent time to inventory and dispose of these old medications.”

The event will be October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the main entrance lobby area of Wayne Police Headquarters located at Town Hall.

“For the purpose of ensuring public health and safety, appropriate social distancing will be maintained and all residents dropping off prescription medications will be required to wear an appropriate face covering,” said McNiff.

For questions about the event, contact Detective Sergeant James J. Celentano at 973-633-3550.

For community resources, drug misuse prevention information or to help the community, contact Wayne Alliance at 973-694-1800 x3244 or alliance@waynetownship.com 

If you can’t make the event, the Wayne PD has a drop box in the lobby of the police station that can be used anytime.  Make sure you put unwanted medication in a clear Ziploc bag before you come to drop it off.