SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – On April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Scotch Plains Police will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

Residents can bring unused medications for disposal to the Scotch Plains Police Station at 430 Park Ave. Scotch Plains.  The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

 Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the medicine cabinet.  Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is an unacceptable was of disposing of medications as both ways pose potential safety and health hazards.

 Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites across the United States.