Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wayne to Hold Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wayne to Hold Prescription Drug Drop-Off

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WAYNE -- Township police are again teaming with federal agencies to offer the community a safe avenue to clean out unused and expired medications.

Residents are encouraged to gather up any unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications and bring them to the lobby of the Police Department on Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items collected will then be turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency for incineration. Authorities ask that only prescription pills are brought in. No liquids, EpiPens, needles or syringes will be accepted.

The program is part of Operation Take Back, spearheaded by the DEA's New Jersey division, the state Office of the Attorney General, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and the Wayne Police Department.

"Wayne participates in this every year it is held. And it's an overwhelming success each time," said township police Detective Sgt. Jay Celentano of the special operations narcotics unit. "The program allows residents to anonymously and safely dispose of any unwanted, unused expired prescription medications."

During the year, Wayne police receive numerous calls from residents inquiring about the program. On average, 75 to 100 pounds of pills are collected, according to Celentano.

"The easiest thing to do is take a Ziploc baggie and empty the prescription pills into that and bring it to us," Celentano said.

Anyone with questions regarding the program or concerns with prescription abuse is urged to call Celentano at 973-633-3550.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey reports that some 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives. Furthermore, studies conducted of middle school students revealed that in half the schools analyzed, prescription drugs are more abundantly abused than Ecstasy or cocaine.

The partnership says that prescription drug abuse is most prevalent among high school students living in suburban areas and young adults ages 18 to 25 living at home. …

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