On National Take Back Day, Bloomfield collects over 70 pounds of prescription pills to be destroyed

Friday, May 4, 2018

On National Take Back Day, Bloomfield collects over 70 pounds of prescription pills to be destroyed

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- On Saturday, the Bloomfield Police Department joined hundreds of other townships in the country in inviting residents to drop off prescription drugs at police headquarters, to be safely destroyed. The day-long event saw residents deposit over 70 pounds of prescription pills in these disposal bins, before they were taken to the Newark branch of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be destroyed.

“The opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic affects communities everywhere, and encouraging residents to properly dispose of these drugs quickly greatly reduces the risks of becoming addicted. This event was a big success, with over 70 pounds of prescription pills being deposited for destruction at the Newark facility,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. "The success of this event speaks to the continued strides our Township, Police, and partnering departments are making to help residents protect themselves and their families from this epidemic.”

Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.

“On Saturday, well over 100 people dropped off prescription pills that may otherwise have been abused by themselves or their family members. Police headquarters has a drug take back dispenser in the main lobby of police headquarters which is open 365 days every year. Substance abuse prevention is a top priority for the Bloomfield Police Department, so residents are always invited to discard their pills at our facility, no questions asked,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s national take back initiative began in September, 2010. The Nationwide Drug Take-Back Day occurs twice a year, the next Take-Back Day is scheduled for Fall 2018, but Bloomfield residents and residents of nearby towns are invited to dispose of their prescription pills 365 days a year in the Bloomfield Police Department headquarters lobby.

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