BAYONNE, NJ - Drug Take Back Day in Bayonne was a success, said Mayor Jimmy Davis.
“Thanks to our fine officers from the Bayonne Police Department,” Davis said. “They collected quite a bit of unused medication as part of National Drug Takeback Day.”
The initiative, launched in 2010, addresses a vital public safety and public health issue by collecting no-longer-used prescription drugs. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator.
The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here.
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