Local departments participate in drug take back day

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"You want to get rid of them, they are in your cabinet but you don't know how".

"The pills or any types of prescription drugs that are sitting around the home and they get into the wrong hands", said Patrolman Kendric Baker. With 765 suspected drug-related deaths in 2018 in New Jersey already reported, now more than ever residents must be vigilant about disposing of expired and unwanted prescriptions as New Jersey continues to battle the opioid crisis.

The nationwide fight against opioid abuse continues, getting those unused prescription drugs out of homes, and stopping them from being sold on the streets is top priority for law enforcement. "It takes education of our young people to make sure they don't become addicted in the first place", said Michael Dunavant, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. For more details on the success of the program and the upcoming Take Back Day, see the DEA's latest press release.

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People all across the country dropped off their unused prescriptions Saturday for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, in 2016, 4,050 people died from drug overdoses, that number is up 32% from 2015.

Today men, women, and families brought their prescription drugs to local police departments across the Valley.

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