Sea Isle City — On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Sea Isle City Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The public can bring pills and medicine patches for disposal to the Sea Isle City Police Department lobby at 233 JFK Boulevard, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (please be aware that this site cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps – only pills or patches). This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 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. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds – approximately 5,900 tons – of pills.

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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to DEATakeBack.com or contact Detective Sergeant Bradshaw at the Sea Isle City Police Department at 609-263-4311, ext. 2302.

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