Health & Wellness

Prescription Take Back: Drop Off Unwanted Meds Sept. 27

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano is pleased to announce the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    
 
Medications can be dropped off at the Somerset County Administration Building, located at 20 Grove Street, Somerville. A sheriff’s officer will be stationed at the entrance to collect medications.  The program is free and anonymous and allows residents to safely dispose of medications. Collection sites will be located throughout the state. Locally, the Warren Township Police Dept., Long Hill Township Police Dept. and the Watchung Police Dept. will be collecting.
 
 
Needles and syringes of any kind cannot be dropped off. However, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, located at 110 Rehill Ave. in Somerville, will accept them for proper disposal on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Call (908) 685-2200, ext. 3258 for more information about the Safe Syringe Program. 
 
“Prescription-medication abuse is a growing problem in today’s society.  Proper disposal can stop medicines from being used after their expiration date, flushed down the toilet where they can contaminate waterways, thrown in the trash and from falling into the wrong hands,” said Sheriff Provenzano.    

 
At the April Take-Back event, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and at more than 4,400 of its state and local law-enforcement partners’ locations.  When those results are combined with what was collected at its eight previous Take-Back events, over 4 million pounds of pills have been collected.    
 
“Here in Somerset County, residents turned in over 135 pounds of medications as part of the April collection,” said Sheriff Provenzano.  “I hope residents can find time to go through their homes and collect outdated and unused medications that have accumulated since then for proper disposal this time around.”  
 
Residents also can take advantage of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office medicine collection drop box, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, no questions asked. The drop box is located on the lower level of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, near the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office.   
 
For more information regarding medicine collection in Somerset County, contact Lt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231-7168 or Sheriff’s Officer Thomas Wallace at (908) 231-7138.    
 
Additional information on how to dispose of unused medicines is available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at: www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ucm107163.pdf  Also, information about disposal of home medical waste can be found on the Somerset County website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/medicalwaste.html.  
 

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