Thousands of potential prescription drug addictions and arrests are no longer a problem in Manchester, where police illustrate the extent of the danger following September 29's Operation Take Back.

Manchester Police Detectives Al Vega (l) and Adam Emmons (r). (Manchester Police Dept.)

The annual statewide drive is law enforcement's effort to corral unused, unwanted and outdated meds that would otherwise wind up in reservoirs and water systems if they're flushed away...or inside teens at pharming parties...or in the hands of pushers.

Manchester police set up several dropoff points that did brisk business through the day. The result: at least 14 giant trash bags, filled to capacity.

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs maintains 27 drop boxes statewide, all year 'round, in its ongoing Project Medicine Drop program. Here at the shore, the boxes are at police headquarters in Toms River, Seaside Heights, Howell, Marlboro, Atlantic City and Lower Township, along with the New Jersey State Police Red Lion barracks in Burlington County.