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Bernards Holding Another Drug Dropoff Day this Sat., As Battle Against Opioid Crisis Continues

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U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance in Basking Ridge with Ridge Against Alcohol and Drugs (RAAD) students on Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day on Oct. 6. Credits: By Andi Williams
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Ridge students, elected officials, township police and others took to local streets on Oct. 6 to take a stand against opioid abuse. Credits: By Andi Williams
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Bernards Deputy Mayor John Carpenter and Ridge Against Alcohol and Drugs member Hannah Petersen knocking on local doors to Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day. Credits: By Carolyn Gaziano
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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Community in Crisis, a community group dedicated to stamping out pills-to-heroin use through prevention and recovery is again teaming up with the Bernards Township police department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency to hold another anonymous drive through for the disposal of medications this Saturday, Oct. 28.

Nearby residents are invited to clean out their medicine cabinets on National Prescription Drug Day. 

The drive-in, drive-out safe, convenient and anonymous disposal of medications is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Bernards Township police department, 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.

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Collections are also being held Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone, Bedminster, and Far Hills.

Studies have shown that drug abuse can begin with the illegal and inappropriate use of painkillers and other medications that are left over from prescriptions in many medicine cabinets.

Safe disposal also keeps dangerous medications out of the general waste stream and water supply.

The collect will accept unused, unwanted and expired prescription/over the counter Medications, i.e., solid medications, pills, patches, inhalers, and similar objects.

Items that will not be accepted are liquids, medical waste (including oxygen tanks) or syringes.

Dropoff box a fixture at Bernards Township police department

The dropoff box at Bernards Township police department is always open, with preferred drop off hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday to Friday.

For more information, email info@communityincrisis.org.

On Oct. 6, Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, Community in Crisis teamed up with U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance, Bernards Township elected officials Mayor Gaziano, and Deputy Mayor John Carpenter, Bernards Township Police, Community In Crisis, and The Bernards Township Municipal Alliance against Substance Abuse, and Ridge Against Alcohol and Drugs (RAAD) to reach out to residents to combat opioid abuse.

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