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Brick PD Collects 248 Pounds of Drugs in 'Giveback' Program

Photo: Brick Twp. Police
Photo: Brick Twp. Police
Brick police are calling the prescription drug giveback program held last weekend a "great success" with 248 pounds of medications dropped off at the police station.

The prescriptions turned in included a large amount of prescription narcotics, Sgt. Henry Drew said. After they are turned in, the drugs are destroyed, which removes the potential for them being abused.

"We would like to remind residents that if they find additional quantities of medication that need to be destroyed, they can find a list of local locations on the Ocean County Health Department website," Drew said, in a statement.

The giveback program was started several years ago as heroin abuse began an uptick in New Jersey. Most heroin addicts, law enforcement experts say, begin their addictions with prescription drugs then move to street drugs after they run out of prescription pills or find their habit too expensive. Heroin is known for its cheap price in New Jersey, often available at about $5 per bag.
Daniel Nee April 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Mr. Epping - I spoke with the Chief and he let me know that Brick PD has applied to be a year-round drop off site as well. They've received permission from the state and DEA and are waiting on the arrival of some equipment in order to set up the program. So Brick will be joining TR and Lakewood shortly.
MOONPOOL April 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM
If you don't need them just flush them down the toilet. no need to waist tax payer money.
Daniel Nee April 30, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Actually, you're not supposed to flush prescription medications down the toilet. Here's why: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/the_green_lantern/2009/11/should_you_flush_your_drugs_down_the_toilet.html
WMS826 April 30, 2014 at 02:11 PM
So who pays for the proper disposal of these items. Why do we not pass legislation forcing the drug companies to take these back and dispose of them.
Melinda Murray May 01, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Good , now people wont be stealing grandmas meds for awhile.

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