PERTH AMBOY — The City of Perth Amboy is again participating in the National Take Back Initiative, headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice.
“In observance of Earth Week and many other initiatives taking place in Perth Amboy this week, it’s important to remember to keep our city and homes clean and clear of not only litter and unsanitary waste, but also of hazardous contents. I urge our residents and those of neighboring communities to be sure to dispose of these substances appropriately this Saturday,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz.
This initiative is in efforts of preventing drug abuse, by providing drop-off locations where citizens can dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired medications in a safe place and to remove these potentially hazardous substances from illegal and unsafe use. The lobby of the Perth Amboy Police Department, located on 365 New Brunswick Avenue, is a designated drop-off location for medication on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It is also important to know that one must not recycle prescription and over-the-counter medications. Also, do not dispose down the drain or toilet, as this may cause water pollution. If you are to dispose of medications in the trash, follow guidelines below for promotion of a healthy aquatic environment and prevention of accidental poisoning and/or intentional abuse.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Household Medications:
- Mark out personal information on prescription container(s)
- Mix with water and coffee grinds, cat litter or dirt
- Place in a solid colored container
- Place in trash where is not visible to others
With the DEA’s organization of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and multiple partners, including Perth Amboy, a total of 498.5 tons of medication have been collected in the past 13 months.
In addition to this anti-drug initiative, Perth Amboy’s Municipal Alliance and the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex are holding an “Underage Drinking in Latino Communities” forum on Monday, April 30, at 6 p.m. in the Alexander Jankowski Community Center located on 1 Olive Street. For more information contact Municipal Alliance Coordinator, Lis Mery Ramirez at: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4325.