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Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27

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Several local police departments will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 26th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, including Lower Township, Ocean City, Sea Isle City and the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

From Lower Township

On Saturday, April 27, 2024; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lower Township Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at locations across the country. DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs.

For more than a decade, the event has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications—those that are old, unwanted, or expired—that too often become a gateway to addiction.

Take Back Day offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

What: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
When: Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time
Who: Lower Township Police Department
Where: Acme Markets (Bayshore Mall), outside in front of store at 3845 Bayshore Road in North Cape May

In partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 8,300 tons of medication from circulation since its inception.

Collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps, and illicit drugs. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

For more information and to find a collection site near you, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.

From Ocean City

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ocean City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at locations across the country. DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs.

For more than a decade, the event has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications — those that are old, unwanted, or expired — that too often become a gateway to addiction.

Take Back Day offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

  • What: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
  • When: Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Who: Ocean City Police Department
  • Location 1: Lobby of the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue Ocean City NJ 08226
  • Location 2: Ocean City Police Department, 835 Central Avenue Ocean City NJ 08226

In partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 8,300 tons of medication from circulation since its inception.

Collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps, and illicit drugs. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

From Sea Isle City

The Sea Isle City Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

During this important event, the public can safely and anonymously dispose of unwanted and unneeded prescription medications in the lobby of City Hall, 233 JFK Boulevard, where a police officer will help people place unwanted drugs in the SICPD’s Medicine Drop Box and answer questions about the importance of ridding homes of dangerous medications.

Before bringing medications to City Hall, the public is advised to remove labels containing names and other personal information. Needles, sharp instruments, and liquids will not be accepted.

The SICPD reminds everyone that a secure medicine cabinet is a safe medicine cabinet!

For more information about this free event, please call 609-263-4311, ext. 2300.

From the DRBA

On Saturday, April 27, 2024, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Police Department will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) twenty-sixth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative, which focuses on removing potentially dangerous drugs from our nation’s homes, provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals and other medications to law enforcement officers for proper disposal.

“We’re pleased to be able to once again participate in this national program to take old prescription drugs and expired over-the-counter medicines out of circulation,” said Col. Wayne McFadden of the DRBA Police Department. “With the proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs, you’re ensuring that these medications don’t find their way into the wrong hands. We encourage folks to take advantage of this program to do a little extra spring cleaning.”

This easy, hassle-free program is strictly confidential. “No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present,” McFadden added. “In fact, participants will be asked to remove any personal information from bottles or packages.”

Numerous collections sites are established throughout the area for the public to relinquish over the counter, controlled substances, or prescription drugs – including tablets, capsules, ointments, creams and liquids as well as expired animal medication and vitamins. No syringes please.

Since the bi-state agency began participating in the NTBI in 2010, more than 3,500 pounds of medication have been collected at DRBA sites.

When: April 27, 2024; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: The DRBA Police Department has established three collection sites:

  • Wilmington Airport Terminal Building, 151 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE
  • Lewes Ferry Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE
  • Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., N. Cape May, NJ

Typical methods for disposing of unused medicines – either flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety, health, and environmental risks. Drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused, or illegally sold. Flushing unwanted medicines may contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

The public can find the nearest collection sites in their community by logging on to the internet and going to the www.dea.gov website and clicking on the drug disposal icon. After clicking on the icon, you must enter your zip code and the database will query the collection sites that have been registered and provide you with the nearest collection site near that zip code.

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