By Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini
This Saturday, September 25th between 10a.m. and 2 p.m. the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is launching Operation Take Back New Jersey. The purpose of this initiative is to provide a safe and legal method for the citizens of New Jersey to dispose of their unwanted, unused, and expired medicines.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2008, 1.9 million youth age 12 to 17 abused prescription drugs. In fact, each day an average of 2,000 teenagers age 12 to 17 used a prescription drug without a doctor’s guidance for the first time. Unfortunately, most teenagers gain access of prescription pain medication from friends and relatives. That is why it is so important to dispose of any unwanted or unused medicines that you may have.
Operation Take Back New Jersey is an anonymous program. Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules will be accepted.
For more information and to find a local drop-off location please visit www.operationtakebacknj.com.