Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office to Participate in National “Drug Take Back Day”

DEA Take Back Day

Source: RLS Media

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will once again join the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in support of the annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

There will be a drop-off site located in front of the Ocean County Justice Complex, located at 120 Hooper Ave., in Toms River, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer stated the event is an effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications.

Perscription Drug collection sites all over New Jersey may be found by zip code at DEA.gov/TakeBackDay.

Officials say it is an opportunity to dispose of tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription medications. Vaping devices will be accepted provided that the lithium batteries have been removed, officials said. Liquids, syringes, and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
has been held bi-annually since 2010, according to officials. Since its inception, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners have collected 17.3 million pounds of medication.

“Take Back Day is an effective tool in reducing the availability of unused medication and prescription drugs. I encourage all of our residents to take advantage of this opportunity to turn these items over to law enforcement,” Nr. Billhimer stated.

Last spring, the public turned in 663,725 pounds of medication to the Drug Enforcement Administration and its 4,497 community partners at 4,955 collection sites nationwide.

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