Drug Take-Back Yields Results In New Jersey

Prescription drug bottles - File / Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Prescription drug bottles – File / Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880) – New Jerseyans handed in over 14,000 pounds of unused medicine during this past weekend’s Operation Take-Back.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

“That’s over 7 tons,” DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge John McCabe told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

McCabe said, “We’re trying to eliminate the medicine cabinet as a potential source of abuse for our youth.”

“Know what you have in your cabinet. The second thing is to secure your medicine,” says State Partnership for a Drug Free America’s Angelo Valente.

Valente says folks should also properly dispose of unused medicine.

One tip: McCabe says to let them sit in wet coffee grounds.

“The acid from the coffee grinds would actually decompose the chemicals,” says McCabe. MacGuyver enters the war on drugs.