DATE: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
[Fort Lee, New Jersey] – On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Fort Lee Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Fort Lee Police Department located at 1327 16th Street Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, please call at 201-592-3786 (Evidence Bureau).
Around the Halloween holiday in order to promote safety for our children; the Fort Lee Police Department will be conducting a Cops in the Crosswalk program utilizing a decoy officer crossing the street. The goal of this program is to gain compliance from the motoring public to ensure the safety of pedestrians crossing the street.
The Fort Lee Police Department participating in the Chief for a Day program: Chief Julia Traiger, Chief Bendul and Bergen County Sheriff Saudino.