DEA to hold Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day This Week

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced today that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will once again join the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in support of the Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October
28, 2023.

The event is an effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.

In Lakewood, there will be various drop off sites available including at the Four Seasons Club House, the Lions Head Club House, Leisure Village East, the Harrogate Activities Room, Horizons At Woodlake (Club House) and Fairways At Lake Ridge (in the Annex Building. Those sites will be open from 10am to 12pm.

There will be a drop off site located in front of the Ocean County Justice Complex, located at 120 Hooper Ave., in Toms River, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

It is an opportunity to dispose of tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription medications. Vaping devices will be accepted provided that the lithium
batteries have been removed. Liquids, syringes and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has been held bi-annually since 2010. Since its inception, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners have collected 17.3 million pounds of medication.

On April 22, 2023, the public turned in 663,725 pounds of medication to the Drug Enforcement Administration and its 4,497 community partners, at 4,955 collection sites nationwide.

“Take Back Day is an effective tool in reducing the availability of unused medication and prescription drugs. I encourage all of our residents to take advantage of this opportunity to turn these items over to law enforcement,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.

More information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and other collection sites may be found at:

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