Camden police to take back unwanted prescription drugs April 29

Apr 15, 2017

Camden — The Camden Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring pills for disposal to the Police Department, 31 Washington St. They cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in several tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its nine previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 5 million pounds of prescription medications.

Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to theft, misuse, and abuse, according to the DEA. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, call the Police Department at 236-7953.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Alison S McKellar | Apr 15, 2017 20:42

This is so confusing! Because of these drug takeback days, I was under the impression for the longest time that you could only do it on a special day, but I've since learned that they will take them anytime. Would be good to clear that up for people.

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