Operation Take Back: Sept 29, 2012

The Ridgefield Park Police Department will be hosting our bi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day on (Saturday) September 29, 2012. The event will be held between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Residents are encouraged to drop off any unused, unwanted or expired medications at R.P.P.D. Headquarters. We suggest that residents empty the contents of their pill containers into plastic zip lock bags. Pills can be mixed with other pills. We cannot accept needles or syringes of any kind. This program allows residents to safely dispose of medications. Prescription medication abuse is a growing problem in today’s society. Prescription medications should never be flushed down the toilet or thrown out in the trash. The American people have responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA led National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On April 28th, 2012 U.S. citizens turned in a record breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted, unused or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 Take Back sites in the United States. In the four Take Back Dates to date, over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medications have been removed from homes and medicine cabinets. In 2011 Ridgefield Park residents turned in over 50 pounds of medications. The Ridgefield Park Police Department urges all residents to participate in this worthy program. Our participation in the program highlights the problems related to prescription drug abuse and gives Village residents the opportunity to contribute to the solution. Any questions please contact Lt. Scott Ehalt at 201 641-6400 or sehalt@rppd.org.