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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Just because something is prescribed, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Every day, 46 people die from overdoses involving prescription drugs. That’s why Saturday, April 28, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a day when Americans are asked to properly dispose of any unused medication they have around their homes.

National Drug Take Back Day happens twice a year, and on the last National Drug Take Back Day, Americans collected a record-breaking 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs, according to the federal government.

“Studies have shown that more than 80 percent of heroin users started out misusing prescription drugs like the ones lying around homes across the country,” Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. said. “The Freeholder Board’s Addiction Awareness Task Force has 20 drop box locations across the county where you can safely dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs. In the midst of an opioid crisis, it is crucial that we take every precaution to protect our friends and families from developing a deadly addiction.”

The Camden County Freeholder Board’s Addiction Awareness Task Force aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. No longer needed or outdated prescription drugs in homes are the same drugs that have unfortunately become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have access to the residence. America’s 12-to 17-year-olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends. Everyone can help end medicine abuse by disposing of unneeded prescription drugs at a drug drop box near you.

The Addiction Awareness Task Force currently has drop-off boxes where you can dispose of unused prescription drugs at the following locations:

  • Audubon Borough Hall/Lobby
    606 W. Nicholson Road
    Audubon, NJ 08106
  • Bellmawr PD, Municipal Bldg, 1st Floor
    21 East Browning Road
    Bellmawr, NJ 08031
  • Berlin Police Department
    59 S. White Horse Pike
    Berlin, NJ 08009
  • Berlin Twp Police Dept. Headquarters
    135 S Route 73
    West Berlin, NJ 08091
  • Camden County Metro Police Department
    800 Federal Street
    Camden, NJ 08103
  • Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Lobby
    25 North 5th Street
    Camden, N.J. 08102
  • Cherry Hill PD, Near the Police Operations Window
    820 Mercer Street
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
  • Clementon Municipal Building, at Entrance to Police Department
    101 Gibbsboro Road
    Clementon, NJ 08021
  • Collingswood Police Department
    735 Atlantic Ave
    Collingswood, NJ 08108
  • Gloucester City Police Department
    313 Monmouth Street
    Gloucester City, NJ 08030
  • Gloucester Township PD, Municipal Bldg, Police Dept
    1261 Chews Landing Road
    Laurel Springs, NJ 08021
  • Haddon Heights Police Department Lobby
    625 Station Avenue
    Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
  • Haddonfield Police Department/ Lobby
    242 Kings Highway East
    Haddonfield, N.J. 08034
  • Lindenwold Police Department Lobby
    2001 Egg Harbor Road
    Lindenwold, NJ 08021
  • Magnolia Police Department
    438 W. Evesham Ave
    Magnolia, NJ 08049
  • Merchantville Borough Hall, 1st Floor
    1 West Maple Avenue
    Merchantville, NJ 08109
  • Pennsauken Police Department
    2400 Bethel Avenue
    Pennsauken, N.J. 08109
  • Pine Hill PD, Police Admin Bldg-Main Lobby
    48 W 6th Avenue
    Pine Hill, NJ 08021
  • Runnemede Police Department Lobby
    24 North Black Horse Pike
    Runnemede, NJ 08078
  • Stratford Police Department
    315 Union Ave
    Stratford, NJ 08084
  • Voorhees PD, Lobby of PAB
    1180 White Horse Road
    Voorhees Township, NJ 08043
  • Waterford PD, Outside of Police Headquarters
    2131 Auburn Avenue
    Atco, NJ 08004
  • Winslow Twp PD, Police Lobby
    125 New Jersey 73
    Braddock, NJ 08037

“The only effective way to safely dispose of unused medication is by utilizing drop-boxes like those provided by the Addiction Awareness Task Force,” Cappelli said. “Flushing pills down toilets can put prescriptions into your neighbors’ drinking water, and throwing pills in the trash leaves them easily accessible to children, teens, and other adults who will use them inappropriately. To be sure that you have properly protected your family and neighbors, you should find and use the nearest drop-box location.

For more information on the Camden County Board of Freeholders’ Addiction Awareness Task Force, or for the full list of drop-box locations, visit addictions.camdencounty.com.

For more information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, or to find more addiction-related research and assistance, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.


  • Saturday, Apr 28th, 2018
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    Just because something is prescribed, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Every day, 46 people die from overdoses involving prescription drugs. That’s why Saturday, April 28, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a day when Americans are asked to properly dispose of any unused medication they have around their homes. National Drug Take Back Day happens twice a year, and on the last National Drug Take Back Day, Americans collected a record-breaking 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs, according to the federal…

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