Got unused or expired medications in your medicine cabinet?
can get rid of them safely, keeping them out of the hands of exploring
children or experimenting teens or adults, by dropping them off at the Red Bank Police Department on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It's National Prescription Drug Take-Back
Day, the aim of which is "to allow the citizens of New Jersey to
deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law
enforcement officials who can in turn dispose of these controlled
substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner," according to the Red Bank website.
the federal Drug Enforcement Agency have shown that prescription drug
abuse is rampant among juveniles, citing that prescription medications
are often the first drugs abused by them and many times aren't the last.
A dangerously popular teen trend reported by the agency and
other municipal alliance programs has been the clearing of parents'
medicine cabinets of unused prescription medications, pooling them and
indiscriminately taking them at parties.
Local police have said that prescription drugs are among the top five drugs commonly abused by juveniles.
Take-Back Day is a safe means in which to dispose of the medications
without the risk of them being pilfered from garbage or possibly
contaminating water supplies by flushing or tossing.
According to the DEA, many lack the knowledge of
how to properly dispose of unused medication.
Police advise that
those dropping off drugs keep it in its original container, minus any
prescription labels with personal information or emptying the drugs
directly into the disposal box.
Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed tightly.