STATE – Throughout New Jersey this Saturday, police departments will be accepting unused, unwanted and expired medicine as part of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Take-Back Initiative.
Residents can bring any unwanted medicines to a participating police station where it will be anonymously collected for safe disposal. (Needles, syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.)
Participating police departments in Union County include Clark (732-388-3434), Garwood (908-789-1500), Cranford (908-272-2222), Rahway (732-827-2079), Westfield (908-789-4000), Scotch Plains (908-322-7100), Kenilworth (908-276-1700), Berkeley Heights (908-464-1111), and New Providence (908-655-1111).
Participating police departments in Middlesex County include Woodbridge (732-634-7700), Metuchen (732-632-8500), Carteret (732-541-4181), Perth Amboy (732-442-4400), Sayreville (732-525-5420), Edison (732-248-6442), Middlesex (732-356-1900), and Old Bridge (732-721-5600 ext. 3610).
Most collection sites will be accepting medicine between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, but you should call to confirm hours and location. Contact the National Take-Back Initiative call center at 1-800-882-9539 if you require assistance locating a collection site.
This national effort, with more than 4,000 agencies nationwide participating, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Statewide partners include the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the NY/NJ HIDTA, and the New Jersey National Guard.
Last September, the National Take-Back Initiative collected 488,395 pounds of unwanted prescription medicine at more than 5,263 locations throughout the United States.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
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