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OCEAN CITY, NJ — If you have expired or unused prescription drugs taking up space in your medicine cabinet, Ocean City residents will have an opportunity to safely get rid of them later this month.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23. The purpose of the twice-annual event is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration will host the 21st event in cooperation with law enforcement agencies. During the April 2021 event, agencies collected nearly 840,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous. All pills will be accepted, but liquids, needles, and sharps won’t be accepted during the event.

Drop-off locations include:

  • Village Pharmacy, 38 Tuckahoe Rd., Marmora
  • CVS, 191 New Rd., Somers Point
  • Bunting Family Pharmacy, 1337 New Rd., Northfield
  • Walgreens, 2247 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Township
  • CVS, 6815 Tilton Rd., Egg Harbor Township

If you can’t make it to any of those locations, here’s where to find a year-round drug take-back site.

Each year, millions of people misuse prescription pain relievers, stimulants, tranquilizers and sedatives.

According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives that year.

The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet.

More than 96,700 people died from opioid-involved overdoses during the 12-month period ending in March 2021, according to provisional estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The Environmental Protection Agency offers guidance on items not accepted during take-back events, including the disposal of sharps and other medical waste. The Food and Drug Administration offers tips on getting rid of liquid medicines that are expired or no longer needed.

Given the ongoing pandemic, both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency also have tips on how to safely dispose of drugs without leaving home.

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Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/where-to-drop-off-unused-prescription-drugs-near-ocean-city/ar-AAPNjPZ

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