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SOPD Provides Safe Prescription Drug Take Back Program April 29

The following is from the South Orange Police Department

On Saturday April 29th from 10am-2pm, the South Orange Police Department will participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. The program aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

Approximately 46,000 Americans die each year from drug-related deaths. More than half of those are from heroin and prescription opioids. Four out of five new heroin users start with prescription medications; the take-back program makes a difference.

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. That same study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Because these drugs are controlled substances, the take back initiative occurs on one day between set hours, With the exception of “sharps’, any and all prescriptions drugs will be accepted, no questions asked. Contact Sgt. Acevedo 973-763-3000 ext 7802 with any questions.

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