DEA collects over 700lbs of prescription drugs

Marsha Scott
May 1, 2018

Last October, in New Jersey alone, residents turned in 14,527 pounds of prescription drugs with the help of state and local law enforcement partners.

"The pills or any types of prescription drugs that are sitting around the home and they get into the wrong hands", said Patrolman Kendric Baker.

In Lexington, people had the opportunity to drop off medications outside of Kentucky American Water from around 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. The Act was passed to help reduce diversion throughout the USA and curtail the opioid epidemic. "We collected 900 pounds of unwanted or unused medication, because of the success of that we ended up getting our medication drop box".

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On Saturday, people had the chance to clean out their medicine cabinet and properly dispose of unwanted, unused or outdated prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The disposal service is completely anonymous and there is no charge for it. For the hours of availability and other information, contact the police departments or call the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at (800) 242-5846. She said, "For me most importantly, I have a young child and I don't want temptation to be there and certainly for her to accidentally get into something". We appreciate everyone's participation.

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