SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Township police will be joining other law enforcement agencies Saturday in hosting a “Drug Take-Back Day.”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the department will be accepting unwanted and expired medicines as part of a federal DEA program to eliminate these items from homes.

According to a press release, unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.

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“We urge our residents to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine,” Capt. Jim Ryan said in the release.

In 2011, 22,134 Americans died from overdoses of prescription medications, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the release said.

The survey also found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The collections will be anonymous, according to the release.

Prescription medication in the form of pills, tablet or capsule, (no syringes) can be disposed of at the South Brunswick Police Headquarters, located at 540 Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Anyone with questions can call (732) 329-4000 extension 7447.