SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 29, when residents can dispose of medications at both the South Orange and Maplewood Police Departments. The program aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.
Because these drugs are controlled substances, the take back initiative occurs on one day between set hours. With the exception of "sharps," any and all prescriptions drugs will be accepted, no questions asked, stated an update to the South Orange Police Department's Facebook page.
The South Orange Police Department will be accepting prescription drugs on April 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 201 South Orange Avenue. Contact Sgt. Acevedo at 973-763-3000 ext 7802 with any questions.
The Maplewood Police Department will be accepting prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29 at the Maplewood Police Headquarters located at 1618 Springfield Ave. "This is the perfect time to safely dispose of prescription medications that have expired and/or are no longer in use," stated a news release about the event.
According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. That same study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, stated an update to the South Orange Police Department Facebook page.
Approximately 46,000 Americans die each year from drug-related deaths. More than half of those are from heroin and prescription opioids. Four out of five new heroin users start with prescription medications; the take-back program makes a difference.