Anyone who has unwanted prescription medications can drop them off at the Point Borough or Point Beach police departments on Saturday.
Residents can drop off the items, anonymously, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police department at
The two departments are among many participating in "Operation Take Back New Jersey," a US Drug Enforcement Agency-sponsored event "which provides residents with a means for safe disposal of unwanted, unused prescription medication, including controlled dangerous substances."
Point Beach Detective Pat Petruzziello said, in this case, "controlled dangerous substances" refer to prescription painkillers, such as Percocet, and not illegal narcotics.
The Point Borough Community Watch program, in a prepared statement publicizing the Borough Police Department's participation in the program, states:
"Prescription drug abuse continues to pose a problem throughout the country. This operation is a safe and effective way to dispose of unused and unwanted medication. The Point Pleasant Police Department has participated in every 'Take Back' initiative since its inception in 2010.
"The requested collection site is the lobby at the main entrance to the Borough Hall and the Municipal Court. Residents need only drop their unwanted medication in a drop box that will be made available.
"Since the program is anonymous, it is requested that all residents either remove or black out any personal information that exists on the medication. It should also be mentioned that syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted."
Those with questions regarding the Point Beach initiative can contact Petruzziello at (732) 892-0500 ext. 135.
Any questions should be directed to Point Borough Police Detective Lt. Adam Picca at (732) 892-0060.