Township of Hazlet

"Operation Take Back New Jersey" to be Held in Hazlet Saturday April 28

Hazlet residents who want to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs in a safe and non-hazardous manner will be able to do so on Saturday, April 28. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Hazlet Police Department will be hosting "Operation Take Back New Jersey" at the Hazlet Police Headquarters, located at 255 Middle Road, Hazlet.. Operation Take Back New Jersey is being run in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration – Newark, NJ Field Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

If additional information is needed, residents can contact Detective Jerry Burgos at 732-264-1705 or

Prescription drug abuse is rapidly becoming one of our nation's greatest emerging drug problems and it is widely recognized that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets.

According to the 20011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. Additionally, the survey reported for the third year in a row that prescription drugs are the second most abused drug category behind only marijuana.

The goal of "Operation Take Back New Jersey" is to allow the citizens of New Jersey to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who can in turn dispose of these controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner, preventing these pills from falling into the hands of juveniles or into the illicit market in our communities.

In addition to this growing drug problem, unused and expired prescription medications also represent a severe environmental hazard. Most individuals are not aware of methods to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away; both potential safety and health hazards.