TRENTON, N.J. --  Unused pills and expired prescriptions can lead to medication misuse or even addictions according the Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler.  That's why it's important to remove medications from homes before they fall into the wrong hands. 

To prevent medication abuse or misuse Sheriff Kemler announced on Tuesday that his office will be collecting unneeded and expired prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  The goal is to help local residents to rid their medicine cabinets of unused and easily abused opioid painkillers in addition to any other unneeded prescription medications. 

“The fall season is a good time to gather up any unused or expired prescriptions from your medicine cabinet, especially opioid painkillers,” said Sheriff Kemler. "Addiction or accidental misuse can too easily happen right from your own medicine cabinet."

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Mercer County residents can easily dispose of unused and expired prescription pills by bringing them to the parking lot across from the Mercer County Administration Building at 640 South Broad Street in Trenton on Saturday, October 26 between 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.  Syringes, sharp instruments, or liquid solutions not accepted. 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day seeks to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible method for disposing of unneeded and expired prescription pills. The program held each spring and fall is conducted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. 

For more information, contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 609-989-6111.

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