March 30, 2012
Rahway to Participate
in "Operation Take Back New Jersey"
RAHWAY Ė Rahway residents who want
to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs
in a safe and non-hazardous manner will be able to do so on
Saturday, April 28. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m.., The Rahway Police
Department will be hosting "Operation Take Back New Jersey" at
the Rahway Police Headquarters, located at 1 City Hall Plaza.
Prescription drug abuse is rapidly
becoming one of our nationís greatest emerging drug problems and
it is widely recognized that a majority of abused prescription
drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Administrationís National Survey on Drug Use
and Health, more than seven million Americans currently abuse
prescription drugs. Additionally, the survey reported for the 3rd
year in a row that prescription drugs are the 2nd
most abused drug category behind only marijuana.
The goal of "Operation Take Back New
Jersey" is to allow the citizens of New Jersey to deliver all of
their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law
enforcement officials who can in turn dispose of these
controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner,
preventing these pills from falling into the hands of juveniles
or into the illicit market in our communities.
In addition to this growing drug
problem, unused and expired prescription medications also
represent a severe environmental hazard. Most individuals are
not aware of methods to properly dispose of their unused
medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them
away; both potential safety and health hazards.
In 2011, Operation Take Back New
Jersey was a tremendous success collecting over 14,400 pounds of
potentially dangerous medications.
Nationwide the program collected
245,500 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medication.