Residents can drop off unused prescription drugs this weekend as both the Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes Police Departments have announced they will take part in a national initiative to get unused drugs out of homes before they end up in the wrong hands.
The DEA National Take-Back Initiative is happening this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station. Residents will be able to drop off any unwanted, unused, or expired medications, no questions asked. According to a release from police, the meds will be safely and properly disposed of.
"This prescription drug collection event is part of an annual program which allows individuals to rid their homes of unused, unwanted, or expired medications, by turning them in to law enforcement officials, who will then ensure that the drugs are disposed of in a safe manner," cops said in the release.
"This collection process lessens the potential for such medications to fall into the hands of juveniles, or to be sold illicitly. Additionally, it prevents the drugs from ending up in the ecosystem if they were to be discarded into the trash or flushed down a toilet."
Past take-backs have been very successfully locally and on a national level. The initiative generally collects millions of pills at police stations across the country.