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East Brunswick: National Prescription Take-Back Day

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10AM to 2PM, the East Brunswick Police Department is taking part in The DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Although this program is a one-day event, The East Brunswick Police Department has previously installed a lockable metal “prescription drug drop box”, resembling a mailbox, in the hallway outside the police department’s front desk. Members of the public are invited to come in on April 29th or any day and use the box 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused and expired medications. The drop box accepts solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, inhalers, and pet medications. We cannot accept syringes or liquids.

We urge our residents to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine. The campaign calls on residents to clear out their medicine cabinets. Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.  The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family.  Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses—78 a day—in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors, to clear out their medicine cabinets.

Prescription medication in the form of pills, tablet or capsule, (no syringes) can be disposed of at the East Brunswick Police Headquarters (1 Civic Center Drive, East Brunswick, NJ) anytime but in conjunction with The DEA National Take Back Day from 10AM to 2PM on Saturday April 29, 2017.

For more information regarding Project Medicine Drop please visit the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.

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