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Ocean County Prosecutor's Office to Participate in National “Take Back Day”

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Ocean County

BY: Najla Alexander

Ocean County officials reported that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will again join the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in support of the Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29.

Officials say the event aims to rid homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications.

There will be a drop-off site in front of the Ocean County Justice Complex, located at 120 Hooper Ave., in Toms River, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., according to Ocean County officials. 

It is an opportunity to dispose of tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription medications.

Vaping devices will be accepted, provided lithium batteries have been removed.

Liquids, syringes, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has been held bi-annually since 2010. 

Since its inception, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners have collected 15.2 million pounds of medication.

Officials say on April 30, 2022, the public turned in 721,093 pounds of medication to the Drug Enforcement Administration and its  4,427 community partners at 5,144 collection sites nationwide.

“Take Back Day is an effective tool in reducing the availability of unused medication and prescription drugs. I encourage all of our residents to take advantage of this opportunity to turn these items over to law enforcement,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated. 

More information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and other collection sites may be found at: https://bit.ly/2021collectionsites.