Drug take-back

Sgt. Greg D’Elia, of the Newark Police Department, holds up some of the prescription drugs collected during a previous drug take-back event.

The Newark Police Department is once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for a semiannual prescription drug take-back event.

The event is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the police station, 220 S. Main St.

Officials say the initiative helps prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Residents are encouraged to bring any pills, patches, creams or liquid products in their containers; however, needles will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

"The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications," NPD spokesman Lt. Andrew Rubin said. "This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse."

According to the DEA:

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
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