ROSELLE, NJ -  The Roselle Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can bring your pills for disposal to the Roselle Police Department at 210 Chestnut Street. 

Items such as liquids, needles or sharps, will not be accepted. This drop-off is for pills or patches only. Police say the service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked. 

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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. 

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons of pills. 

The Roselle Police Department has a Project Medicine Drop Box, located inside the police department lobby, where the public can access and dispose of unused and expired medications twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

The drop box is easily recognizable and brightly marked. Remember to remove labels containing personal information from prescription bottles before turning them in. 

The Roselle Police Department works in conjunction with the Everett Hatcher Coalition www.everetthatcher.org and Prevention Links www.preventionlinks.org to create programs, strategies and training to stop substance abuse before it starts. 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or visit online at www.rosellepd.com.

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