Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Residents take advantage of drug take back event

Residents take advantage of drug take back event

The event is part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The DEA's Take Back Day encouraged people to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medicine.

From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., people were able to drop off drugs with no questions asked and no paperwork. NJCR provides a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental place that New Jersey residents may call to connect directly to Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Peer Specialists and Public and Private Insurance Specialists.

For those who couldn't make it to Saturday's take-back, police say there are other ways to get rid of medications. "These drug take back days are created to combat the opioid epidemic and rid our homes and communities of potentially unsafe and addictive medications".

The courthouse drop-off location collected almost 300 pounds of discarded drugs today in the Diamond City.

Knight and her fellow volunteer nurses said they had been working with Portland police since the program's inception.

Deputy Jason Vogel with the Brown County Sheriff's Office collected unwanted pills in the Allouez site, the site collected more than 115 pounds of pills on Saturday.

The take back initiative only accepts pills and patches that are expired or unused; no needles or inhalers were taken.

During an event in 2016, more than 893,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected nationally, DEA officials said. Knight said she expected Saturday's haul would easily surpass previous numbers.

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