The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division is holding their annual National Take Back initiative on Saturday, April 28 and Manalapan and Englishtown will be participating.
The purpose of the program is to clean your home out of unused, unneeded, and expired medications and bring them to local law enforcement officials who will dispose of the medications in a safe and non-hazardous manner. The DEA wants to assure that these medications do not get into the hands of juveniles or the wrong people.
Both the and the are partaking in the program this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop off all prescription medication at the or in the appropriate distribution boxes.
According to a release issued by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Operation Take Back New Jersey collected 9,381 pounds of medication in the state last October.
“The transfer and disposal of end-user pharmaceutical controlled substances is problematic in many areas,” Special Agent Brian Crowell said in a release. “First and foremost, we must ensure that these products are not diverted to an unauthorized user or the illicit market.”