Drug Take Back Sat., 4/29, 10 - 2 PM, Police Dept. Lobby

Drug Take Back Sat., 4/29, 10 – 2 PM, Police Dept. Lobby

Posted on April 28, 2017

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano and Montgomery Police Captain Thomas Wain invites residents to take advantage of the annual Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will take place even if the federal government shuts down this weekend.

Montgomery Township Police officers will be posted in the lobby of the Police entrance to the Montgomery Municipal Building (south side of building, second entrance back, by the flagpole) at 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ from 10 AM to 2 PM.  A sheriff’s officer will be posted in front of the Somerset County Administration Building, located at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, to collect outdated, unwanted and unused medicines. This service is free of charge, no questions asked.

Residents can bring pills and other solids, such as patches and creams, to the collection sites. Liquids, needles and other sharps will not be accepted.

Addictive prescription drugs that are thrown away or left untended on shelves and in drawers at home are often stolen and either abused or sold by family members and visitors. That is why the DEA and thousands of its state, local and tribal law-enforcement and community partners are holding this Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at over 5,000 sites around the country.

America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers.  Over six million Americans, age 12 and over – 2.4 percent of the population – abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released last fall.  This is more than the combined abuse of cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and methamphetamine.

“For our community’s safety, I look forward to continued efforts in safety and education for our residents to achieve victory against drug abuse,” said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano.  “Disposing of unused medications is a step in the right direction by helping to prevent drug thefts, abuse and overdoses.”

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of prescription-drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons – over 730,000 pounds – of prescription drugs at close to 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 3,500 tons – over 7.1 million pounds – of pills.

Residents can dispose of medications year-round by dropping them off at the Sheriff’s Office medicine collection drop box, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The drop box is located in the lower level of the county administration building, near the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office.

For the convenience of county residents, additional 24/7 drop boxes are located at participating municipalities as follows: Bernards Township Police Department, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920-(908) 766-1122; Branchburg Police Department, 590 Old York Road at Route 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876-(908) 526-3830; Franklin Township Police Department, 495 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873-(732) 873-2300; Hillsborough Township Police Department, 379 S. Branch Rd., Hillsborough NJ 08844-(908) 369-4323; and North Plainfield Police Department, 263 Somerset St., North Plainfield, NJ 07060-(908) 769-2937. Liquids and syringes are not accepted at these locations.

New drop-off locations are added on a regular basis to the DEA website.  To find a location close to your home, go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback and click on “Search for a Collection Site Near You.”

Should you miss the National Take-Back Day, you can take advantage of the permanent collection sites in Somerset County listed above.

For more information regarding medicine collection in Somerset County, contact Sheriff’s Officer Nick Fazio at 908-231-7140 ext. 9 or Captain Steve SanAntonio at 908-231-7168.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Police Dept. & Somerset County Sheriff’s Office