On Saturday October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Newark Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Newark Police Department at 220 South Main Street, Newark. Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps – only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.
This event is DEA’s 19th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.
Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.
To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
According to the DEA:
Sharps and syringes will NOT be accepted due to the potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.
Newark Police are currently investigating two attempted robberies, and possibly a third, that have occurred since 1900 hours today, October 17, 2020.
In the first incident, which occurred in the 200 block of East Delaware Avenue, two females were seated in a vehicle in a parking lot. Two young black males approached the vehicle and demanded their personal property. No property was turned over and the suspects fled to a dark colored pick-up truck.
Shortly thereafter, a male was confronted while walking on East Delaware Avenue near Haines Street. The two suspects, described as young black males, ordered the victim to turn over personal property while implying they were armed with a weapon. No weapon was observed. The victim refused to turn over his property and the suspects fled to a dark colored pick-up truck.
A third victim reported that she was chased on foot by a young black male suspect who had been driving a dark colored pick-up truck in the area of South Chapel Street and Lovett Avenue. There was no attempt to take her property. The pick-up truck fled the area.
These incidents are all currently under investigation by Newark Police.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Newark Police at (302) 366-7111 or via our tips page, where reward information may also be available.