LINDEN — Studies have shown that a growing number of teenagers scour their parents’ medicine cabinets for drugs to either ingest themselves or sell on the streets for cash. This has resulted in a growing problem for hospital emergency rooms treating a host of new abuses, primarily from narcotic pain-killer medicines.
To help fight this problem, the New Jersey Drug Enforcement Administration is encouraging residents to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medicines. Dubbed “Operation Take Back,” the initiative will allow residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring unwanted medicines to participating local police departments on Saturday, Sept. 25 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Linden Police Department is participating, with the department’s Juvenile Bureau, 15 Knopf Street, serving as the collection point. Other Union County police departments that are participating include Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside, Roselle and Summit.
For more information, visit www.operationtakebacknj.com.
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