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Unwanted Medication Collection Slated for Saturday

Manchester and Lakehurst police will participate in the initiative

Local police will again collect unwanted and unneeded prescription medications during Operation Take Back Saturday.

Manchester residents turned in 713 pounds of prescription medications last year, the most of any municipality in New Jersey, said Manchester police Capt. Lisa Parker. Agencies from around the state, including Manchester and Lakehurst, will again accept medications on April 28 at various local drop off spots. 

Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski said that he was "thrilled" by the turnout last April. 

"I'm extremely satisfied with the outcome," he said. "I'm appreciative of everyone who participated."

The initiative is important because of the problems that unused medications present to the community, the chief said.

"Prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed and this is a common way for people who have this type of problem to get these medications," Klimakowski said.

Throughout New Jersey last year 12,000 pounds were collected, according to the New Jersey Drug Enforcement Administration. 

In addition to the , those wanting to participate can bring unwanted medications to the following locations on April 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:

  • , 21 Colonial Dr.
  • Ocean County Library, Whiting Reading Center, 400 Lacey Rd.
  • Manchester Plaza, 1001 Route 70
  • Whiting Shopping Center, 108 Lacey Rd.

In Lakehurst, Mayor Harry Robbins said that the operation will be held at the from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"This will allow the residents the opportunity to prevent the medication from contaminating the environment and prevent it from falling into the hands of children or abusers," he said in his mayor's column last week. "Syringes and other sharp objects will not be accepted."

ballyjduf April 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners today announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide
watchdawg April 20, 2012 at 09:58 PM
ya ballyjduff is a manchester cop. good work leading the cheer squad again.
UPeopleR2Much April 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Yeah I bet they get a kickback, or maybe even a raise for getting the medication off the street...wow. Dumb as hell.
Eggs-n-Toast April 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Well Ballyjduf, your post didn't answer my questions, either. I wonder why, especially if it's true you are a Cop as well. Once again we've got local government (i.e; law enforcement) butting into our personal business - in the guise of "helping" the community. Right. Everyone- Keep your meds. You paid for them, and in most cases we've ALL paid for them (Medicare, insurance, etc) and there's no reason to "throw them away" at the cops. Prescription meds are meant to be finished. Always finish your meds and you won't have any leftovers sitting around. If for some reason you do... crush them into a brown lunch bag and throw them in the trash. Recycle the medicine bottle.
Eggs-n-Toast April 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Remember, hard pills are still good for at least FIVE YEARS beyond the expiration date on bottles!! That one year exp. date is a scam to get you to buy more pills / prescription meds. This is 100% true. The Military did an extensive study and said: " Most of what is known about drug expiration dates comes from a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration at the request of the military. With a large and expensive stockpile of drugs, the military faced tossing out and replacing its drugs every few years. What they found from the study is 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date. " Tetracycline was the ONE exception and should be discarded within a year or so of the expiration date on bottle.


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