The Summit Police Department will again be hosting an Operation Take Back New Jersey local collection site as part of the Operation Take Back NJ medicine disposal day. The event will take place in the atrium at Summit City Hall, 512 Springfield Avenue, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011. This initiative, open to all residents, was organized to encourage local community residents to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.
This statewide effort, with the majority of New Jersey police departments participating, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) New Jersey Division, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the NYINJ HIDTA, and the New Jersey National Guard. Summit residents looking for information on the program and local collection sites should visit www.operationtakebacknj.com.
John G. McCabe, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA New Jersey Division, stated that last year’s operation resulted in 14,436 pounds of unwanted medicine being collected. “This record seizure was a direct response by our citizens in New Jersey to support law enforcement in DEA’s prescription drug abuse efforts. New Jersey residents assisted us by cleaning their homes of unwanted medicines that could have potentially been diverted and abused by our youth.”
Noted Summit Police Chief Robert Lucid, “we encourage everyone, especially parents with children, to safely eliminate all unused or expired prescriptions. The increase in prescription drug abuse is a serious threat to health, especially that of young people.”