Hudson Prosecutor Takes Part in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Participating in National Drug Take Back Day at Three Locations Public Can Dispose of Prescription Drugs October 24

HUDSON COUNTY – On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs during National Drug Take Back Day. Bring your pills for disposal to three locations provided below.

  • Jersey City – The Bethune Center, 140 MLK Drive (parking lot on Fulton between MLK Drive and Bergen Avenue)
  • Bayonne – City Hall, 630 Avenue C (front of building)
  • North Bergen/Union City – Shoprite Pharmacy (parking lot), 3147 John F.

    Kennedy Boulevard.

    At of each of the three locations, a Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Mobile Unit will be on hand to collect prescription drugs. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

    “We are pleased to be working again this year on this important initiative with the DEA to help the public properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “We all know how dangerous it can be when unwanted prescription

drugs get into the wrong hands and encourage everyone to take advantage of this free and safe program.”

This weekend’s event is the DEA’s 19th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator.

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and- how-dispose-unused-medicines.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 24 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

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