On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cranford Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Cranford Police Department at 8 Springfield Avenue, rear entrance. (We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Ameri cans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com
Joseph Van Bergen
Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and get to know your local officers. The conversations are informal….Ask questions, share your concerns, or just take a break and say hello. We look forward to seeing you!
The Cranford Police Department will be participating in the 36th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Patrolman Robert F. Hand Plaza and on the front lawn of the Cranford Police Department headquarters.
The event provides an excellent opportunity for residents to interact with members of the Cranford Police Department in an informal setting. Residents and visitors may also obtain information about the Department’s many youth, educational, safety and public awareness programs.
Numerous police and emergency vehicles will be on display, including marked police cars, command post truck, police motorcycle, emergency services unit utility vehicles, and equipment from the Union County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Transit Police Department, and Norfolk Southern Railroad Police Department. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to answer questions or demonstrate equipment.
For the 11th year in a row, a blood drive will also be held during National Night Out.
A DJ, face painter, and entertainment will be on site to provide entertainment for children and adults, and AAA and other organizations will be handing out literature and giveaways.
As the event gets closer we will publish a schedule and list of other activities and participants.