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.