GREEN BROOK, NJ – The Green Brook Police Department will once again be participating in the “Operation Take Back New Jersey” prescription medication disposal program. This program, orchestrated through the Drug Enforcement Administration, provides a convenient and safe means for residents to dispose of their unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription medications.
“The goal is to prevent these unwanted and expired medications from falling into the wrong hands, leading to potential abuse or an accidental overdose,” said Green Brook Police Chief G. Christopher Kurz.
The department will host a collection site at police headquarters, 109 Greenbrook Road, on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring their unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription medications to the police department for disposal during this time. A collection box will be located in the lobby and the program is anonymous and no questions or requests for identification will be made of anyone disposing medication.
Medication may be disposed of either in its original container or by removing the medication from the container and depositing it directly into the drug disposal box; if the original container is submitted, it is encouraged that the prescription label be removed if it contains any personal identifying information. Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in their original container; the depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Please note, syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.
“This has been a great program for our residents,” said Kurz. “Many people aren’t aware of how to properly dispose of their unwanted and expired medications, and through this program we are able to offer a service where people can be assured such medications are safely destroyed.”
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