NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The borough will be holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29 at the Police Department.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled that day as a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

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Residents should bring their expired or unused prescription drugs to the New Providence Police Department, 360 Elkwood Ave.  between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Syringes and other sharp instruments should not be accepted.  Drugs will NOT be accepted after 2 p.m. on April 29.

Contact Lt. Theresa Gazaway at 908-665-1116 or tgazaway@newprov.org with any questions.