Ocean County Authorities Participate In National Take Back Day

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  OCEAN COUNTY – Join the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office as they participate in the 21st Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 23.

  Drug Take Back Day allows residents to properly dispose potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

  A drop off location will be located at the front of the Ocean County Justice Complex, located at 120 Hooper Ave., in Toms River, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. drop off any of tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. They will also be taking vaping devices but lithium batteries must be removed. They will not be accepting liquids, syringes and illegal drugs.

  Since 2010, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has been held bi-annually and the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners have collected 14,524,391 pounds of medication.

  Last fall, the public turned in a record 985,392 pounds – almost 493 tons – of medication to the Drug Enforcement Administration and its 4,153 community partners, at 4,587 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,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said. 

  For more information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and other collection sites, visit bit.ly/2021collectionsites.