HUDSON COUNTY, NJ – Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that residents will have the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs during National Drug Take Back Day

Residents can bring their pills to one of three sites, on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. where Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Mobile Unit will be on  hand to collect prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

  • Jersey City – The Bethune Center, 140 MLK Drive (parking lot on Fulton  between MLK Drive and Bergen Avenue) 
  • Bayonne – City Hall, 630 Avenue C (front of building) 
  • North Bergen/Union City – Shoprite Pharmacy (parking lot), 3147 John F.  Kennedy Boulevard. 

“We are pleased to be working again this year on this important initiative with the DEA to help  the public properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications,” Suarez said. “We all know how dangerous it can be when unwanted prescription drugs get into the wrong hands and encourage everyone to take advantage of this free and safe  program.” 

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This weekend’s event is the DEA’s 19th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.  

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. 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. 

Collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in  home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug  abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and  overdoses due to these drugs.  

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to  dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that  are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator.  

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More  information is available here: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and how-dispose-unused-medicines. 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 24 Take  Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.  

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