Do you have old prescription drugs that are cluttering your medicine cabinet? There's no time like the present to get rid of medications you no longer need or use, and drop them off at one of two local locations this Saturday.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is teaming up with the New Providence Police Department and the Mountainside Police Department, giving local residents an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs that are expired, unused, and unwanted.
Residents can bring their prescription drugs for disposal to the following locations this Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
New Providence Police Department
360 Elkwood Ave. New Providence, NJ 07974
Mountainside Police Department
1385 Route 22 East, Mountainside, NJ 07092
"We are very excited about the continued support brought on by Operation Take Back New Jersey, and we hope all citizens will take time to eliminate any and all medicines that are not suitable for proper medical use," said John McCabe Jr., acting Special Agent in charge of DEA NJ Division.
The program began based on national studies about the rising misuse of prescription painkillers. According to the news release, between 2004 and 2008, the number of visits to the hospital involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased 111 percent.
Remember to remove any of your personal information on the prescription bottles before you drop them off in Mountainside or New Providence.
This service is free and no questions are asked.