Edison, NJ - On Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10am-2pm, the Edison Police Department will be participating in the National Take Back Initiative to collect unwanted or expired prescription or over the counter drugs.

For the first time, vape pens and E-Cigarettes will also be collected, as long as the batteries have been removed.

“DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative helps get unused and unwanted prescription medications out of circulation and ensures their safe disposal,” said Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon.  “This year, we are taking a step further by accepting vaping devices and cartridges as we work with our federal partners to combat this emerging public health threat to the nation’s youth.”

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As of Oct. 15, more than 4,500 registered law enforcement partners will assist with more than 5,250 registered sites and 135 tribal locations across the country.

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The April 2019 Take Back Day brought in 937,443 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication, according to DEA. Now in its 10th year, DEA has collected a total of more than 11 million pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications through its Take Back Day events.

The local collection site will be at the Edison Municipal Complex. The service is free and anonymous.