South Jersey towns will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.
Several police departments and towns in Cape May County and southern Ocean County will participate in the event. Officials will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect unused prescription drugs.
The biannual day comes on the heels of a report by Gov. Chris Christie’s Task Force on Drug Abuse Control. In that report, state officials recommended that the Division of Consumer Affairs expand and better publicize the benefits of drug take-back sites and events.
“Many people simply do not dispose of their pharmaceuticals, leaving them in their homes where others can get their hands on them and either begin a journey of drug abuse or feed an existing addiction,” the report states.
The DEA’s last national take-back day on April 29 recovered 450 tons of prescription drugs nationwide, the agency said. Nearly 16,000 pounds of medication were collected in New Jersey, according to the DEA.
Disposing of drugs during the event is free and anonymous, the DEA said. Residents cannot bring illicit drugs, syringes or asthma inhalers to the recovery sites.
The following law enforcement agencies and municipalities will be participating in National Take Back Day:
CAPE MAY COUNTY
Sea Isle City Police Department, first floor, 233 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Wildwood Crest Police Department, 6101 Pacific Ave.
North Wildwood Police Department, 901 Atlantic Ave.
Lower Township Acme market, 3845 Bayshore Rd.
Cape May City Police Department, 643 Washington St.
West Cape May Borough Hall, 732 Broadway
Delaware River and Bay Authority Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Sandman Blvd.
Harvey Cedars Police Department, 7606 Long Beach Blvd.
Beach Haven Police Department, Beach Haven Public Library, 247 N. Beach Ave.
Surf City Police Department, 813 Long Beach Blvd.
A number of municipalities in the Press of Atlantic City's coverage area also operate year-round medication drop boxes as a part of the state's Project Medicine Drop. Visit www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/Pages/Locations.aspx for a list of locations.