BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Saturday, October 26 is National Prescription Take Back Day. Mayor Michael Venezia and Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio are encouraging residents to celebrate by dropping off any expired or no longer needed prescription drugs anonymously at Police Headquarters, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield. While the drop-off receptacle is open 365 days a year, residents are encouraged to spread their knowledge of prescription drug abuse and motivate their friends and family to purge their homes of unnecessary prescription drugs. 

“Our current opioid and prescription drug abuse crisis is negatively affecting families across the nation,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Completely removing the drugs from your home will greatly reduce the chances of someone falling prey to addiction. I want to encourage all residents to take part in National Prescription Take Back Day by safely disposing of unwanted pills this Saturday.” 

“Every town in New Jersey has been affected by the opioid crisis, and it’s something we can only begin to solve by working together. Bloomfield Police officers are plugged into the community, and we take pride in being there for kids and families whenever they need us,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “The Mayor and Council have been great partners in all of our initiatives, especially combatting the opioid crisis.”

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was founded in September 2010. According to their website, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs in 2018. The April 2019 Take Back Day brought in 937,443 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication. Since its inception, more than 9 million pounds of pills have been collected by Take Back events.