On Saturday October 23rd, 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. Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Bring your medications 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 21st nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.
Last spring, during the 20th initiative, more than 420 tons of disposed medications were collected from over 5,000 collection sites nationwide.
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.
For further information, visit DEATakeBack.com. The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: .