HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights Police Departments and the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration will once again participate in National Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

Bring pills for disposal to the following sites: 

Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, 248 Hamilton Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights

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Wood-Ridge Police Department, 85 Humboldt Street, Wood-Ridge

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In May 2019, the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department took in over 300 pounds of returned medicines.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners, according to agency. The DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse, and abuse. 

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