FLEMINGTON, NJ – The results are in from Hunterdon’s recent collaborative Take Back Day, part of a national program to collect and properly dispose of expired and unused medications.

According to a press release from Hunterdon County Acting Prosecutor Michael J. Williams, Hunterdon collected 1,388 pounds of drugs. That’s 138 pounds more than their last effort in October.

Sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Hunterdon County’s Take Back Day is the effort of the Hunterdon Prosecutor’s Narcotic Task Force, Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Department, local police departments, State Police, and the Safe Communities Coalition.

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According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans need to know that that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - pose potential safety and health hazards.

“I applaud the citizens that came out to help us in our fight against opioid abuse,” said Williams in a press release.  Residents visited Take Back Day collection sites located at police departments and public buildings to discard the drugs.

The following is a list of the permanent prescription pill drop off boxes in Hunterdon County.

  • Hunterdon County Justice Center

65 Park Avenue, Flemington

908-788-1166

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Franklin Township Police Department

202 Sidney Road, Pittstown

908-782-9594

  • Frenchtown Police Department

27 Second St., Frenchtown

908-996-4820

  • Holland Township Police Department

61 Church Rd., Milford

908-995-4670

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Lambertville Police Department

349 North Main St., Lambertville

609-397-3132

  • Lebanon Township Police Department

530 West Hill Rd., Glen Gardner

908-638-8516

  • New Jersey State Police - Kingwood Station

945 Rt. 12, Frenchtown

908-996-2864

  • New Jersey State Police - Perryville Station

90 Rt. 173, West Hampton

908-730-3132

  • Readington Police Department

507 Rt. 523, Whitehouse Station

908-534-4031

  • Tewksbury Police Department

167 Old Turnpike Road, Califon

908-439-2503

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • West Amwell Township Police Department

24 Mt Airy Village Road, Lambertville

609-397-1100

  • Washington Township Police Department

1 East Springtown Rd., Long Valley

908-689-1630

  • (Semi-permanent drop box)

Hunterdon County Senior Center

4 Gauntt Place, Flemington

Second Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The press release was issued jointly by Williams, his Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo, and Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred Brown.