Lowcountry law enforcement host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events

Lynn Cook
April 30, 2018

Unused medications in homes helped fuel the heroin and opioid crisis that has gripped ME and other states. "You don't want to put them in the garbage, so when these opportunities come up you take advantage", said Debbie Rada who stopped into the Lakewood Police Department to drop off a large bag of pills.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration this weekend there were more than 5,600 collection sites manned by nearly 4,500 partner law enforcement agencies from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

"Over 70 percent of the time when people start abusing those painkillers, they did not directly get them from a doctor and they did not get them from a traditional street-level drug dealer".

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"Drug Take Back" events in Brown County hopes to minimize that amount.

According to the DEA's 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment, drug poisoning deaths from opioid overdoses outnumbered those caused by firearms, vehicle crashes, suicides and homicides.

From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., drop-off sites will be open throughout the region, operated by police departments and other agencies.

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NJ Connect for Recovery (NJCR), a service of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ), along with local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), encourages New Jersey residents to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28.

The take back initiative only accepts pills and patches that are expired or unused; no needles or inhalers were taken. This program allows for the safe disposal of prescription drugs, and it's completely anonymous, "We don't ask names".

Winter Park police also collect unwanted prescription drugs Monday through Friday in the lobby during normal business hours.

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