STATE — On Saturday, April 30, the Clark Police Department will join 380 law enforcement agencies across the state in support of Operation Take Back New Jersey, a joint program in cooperation with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Jersey state attorney general.
Citizens are encouraged to bring unused or outdated prescription or over-the-counter drugs to Clark Police Headquarters at 315 Westfield Avenue, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Officers of the Clark Police Department will be on duty to accept all submissions in a secure container, which will be forwarded to the DEA for safe disposal. All submissions, regardless of source, will be accepted anonymously.
“I encourage every Clark resident to inventory the prescription and over-the-counter drugs in their home and to utilize this valuable service,” said Clark Police Chief Denis E. Connell.
More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
Other participating area collection points include the Linden Police Department’s juvenile bureau at 15 Knopf Street, the Roselle Police Department at 210 Chestnut Street, the Woodbridge Township Police Department at 1 Main Street, the Carteret Police Department at 230 Roosevelt Avenue, the Union County Police Department at 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, and the Elizabeth Police Department at One Police Plaza.
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