The Bloomfield Police Department is encouraging residents to drop off prescription drugs at police headquarters on Saturday, April 27, as part of National Take Back Day. A bin is located inside 1 Municipal Plaza where residents can anonymously discard prescription pills that have expired or are no longer needed to combat addiction.
“As we all know, the opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic affects communities everywhere, and encouraging residents to properly dispose of potentially addictive pain prescription pills greatly reduces the risks of the person receiving the prescription, or a friend or family member, falling prey to addiction. All prescription pills deposited in the secure box in Bloomfield Police Headquarters will be safely destroyed,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I would like to thank our Police, Health and Human Services, and partnering departments who are working to help residents protect themselves and their families from this epidemic.”
“These Take Back Days truly work and around the country, we have seen people get rid of prescription pills that may otherwise have been abused by themselves or their family members,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “Substance abuse prevention is a top priority year-round for the Bloomfield Police Department. Our headquarters has a drug take back dispenser in the main lobby which is open 365 days a year for residents to discard their pills, no questions asked.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s National Take Back initiative began in September, 2010. The Nationwide Drug Take-Back Day occurs twice a year, once in April and once in October.
At last April’s National Take Back Day, Bloomfield residents deposited over 70 pounds of prescription pills in these disposal bins, before they were taken to the Newark branch of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be destroyed. Since its inception, more than 9 million pounds of pills have been collected during Take Back events.