On Saturday April 24th, 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. The disposal site cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps – only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.
This event is DEA’s 20th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.
Last fall, Americans turned in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs at over 4,500 sites operated by the DEA and over 4,100 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. Please wear a mask when entering the Newark Police Department lobby to dispose of medications and drugs.
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.