Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an effort to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Barnes said thousands of pounds of prescription drugs are collected at drug take-back events twice a year across the nation.

"It is vital for New Jersey residents to take advantage of the resources available to them on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day", said Carolyn Beauchamp, President of NJ Connect for Recovery, a service of the Mental Health Association in NJ.

There were drop off spots across the Coastal Bend.

In Johnson City alone, we were told more than 40 people came out to drop off medications. The drugs were then boxed up and taped shut by Portland police officers, who carted them away for safe disposal. "We ask, what can to start the drug abuse conversation and the drug take back certainly starts the conversation", explains Jack. During the event, the Drug Enforcement Administration urges people to get rid of expired or unused drugs in their homes safely.

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Snider said certain unused medications are screened and donated.

"It leads to possible theft, usage by younger people and abuse", he said. "It's toxic for the environment, so we are trying not to have the medications end up either in the water or in landfills".

He said the other thing people question is transporting another person's prescription if they are, for example, cleaning out the house of someone who has died.

Winter Park police also collect unwanted prescription drugs Monday through Friday in the lobby during normal business hours. Each time it was full with about 13 to 14 pounds of medication. If you are not able to make a drop off on April 28, there are permanent collection boxes throughout the state. The box is similar to the Red Med Boxes.