PERTH AMBOY — The City of Perth Amboy will be participating in the National Take Back Initiative, headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice, this month.
This initiative is in efforts of preventing drug abuse, by providing drop-off locations where citizens can dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired medications in a safe place and to remove these potentially hazardous substances from illegal and unsafe use. The Perth Amboy Police Department lobby, located on 365 New Brunswick Avenue, is a designated drop-off location for medication on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, “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.”
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection offers these guidelines for proper disposal of household medications:
- Mark out personal information on prescription container(s)
- Mix with water and coffee grinds, cat litter or dirt
- Place in a solid colored container
- Place in trash where is not visible to others
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