WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, September 29, 2012, West Orange residents, as well as surrounding towns, will be able to turn in unwanted, unused, and expired prescription and over the counter medicines at West Orange Town Hall, 66 Main Street, between 10 am and 2 pm.

Operation Take Back NJ is an initiative of the NJ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The initiative began two years ago as studies showed that between 1997 and 2007, treatment admissions for prescription painkiller medications had increased more than 400%.  Additionally, between 2004 and 2008, Emergency Room visits increased 111% for treatment due to non-medical use of prescription drugs.  One of the biggest increases in drug use among teenagers is the use of non-prescription and prescription drugs, many of which can be found in the family medicine cabinet.

Sergeant John Morella of the West Orange Police Department is in charge of Operation Takeback in West Orange.  He says "towns choose to participate in the program.  Officers will be assigned to collect unwanted or expired prescription medication which will be turned over to the DEA and destroyed."  He encouraged individuals with questions to contact him at (973) 325-4038.  There are no forms to sign and no questions asked.

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In 2010, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, amending 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. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is in the process of drafting regulations to implement the Act.

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