Last October, in New Jersey alone, residents turned in 14,527 pounds of prescription drugs with the help of state and local law enforcement partners.
The department of health also says that of all overdose deaths in OH in 2016, 20% of those people had an opioid prescription in the previous 30 days.
"Take Back Day helps to keep drugs out of the hands of abusers and potentially save lives by removing unused painkillers and controlled drugs from homes", said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. It's part of an ongoing effort to fight the growing opioid crisis.
For those who couldn't make it to Saturday's take-back, police say there are other ways to get rid of medications. NJCR offers a series of programs statewide, including free family education workshops and insurance navigation community workshops. "These drug take back days are created to combat the opioid epidemic and rid our homes and communities of potentially risky and addictive medications".More news: Some antidepressants linked to dementia risk
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If you missed out on this opportunity, some police departments have a box where you can drop off your pills any time of the year.
Those unused or expired pills in your medicine cabinet are a huge concern to your public safety.
TPD says they collected 150 pounds of prescription drugs Saturday.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. people could anonymously drop off their prescriptions, with no questions asked at the Southport Volunteer Fire Department, West Elmira Fire Department and Elmira Savings Bank.