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Sheriff Fred Brown Announces The Drug Enforcement Administration’s ‘National Takeback Day’

This Saturday, April 30th


Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred W. Brown announced his support of the Drug Enforcement

Administration’s (DEA) ‘National Takeback Day’ this Saturday, April 30ᵗʰ, and encourages residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, and unused prescription drugs.


Sheriff Brown said, “Unused prescriptions that are left in the home, unused or expired, become a safety issue and can be abused by family members, or anyone else visiting the home. It has been reported by the DEA that the number of prescription drug abusers in this country is increasing at an alarming rate. When these prescriptions are removed, the chances of an overdose or addiction are greatly reduced.”


According to the DEA, more than 4,500 drop-boxes in 2021 collected more 400 tons of medications nationwide.


“Take-back programs are the best method for disposing of unused or expired medications and hosting this program is part of our effort to maintain quality of life here in Hunterdon County. Reducing the number of medications that are thrown away with regular trash, or flushed down the toilet, also protects drinking water, the health of local waterways, fish and other wildlife,” Sheriff Brown added.


Residents can dispose of their unwanted medications on April 30th from 10 am until 2 pm at the Hunterdon County Justice Center on Park Avenue or the Flemington Police Station on Main Street in Flemington.


Several prescription drop box locations are available year-round and many are open twenty-four hours a day. For a full listing, visit https://safecoalition.org/safemeddisposal/.


No needles, liquids or inhalers are accepted in drop-boxes. When dropping off medications to a drop-box, please leave medications inside the container, remove labels that contain personal information and pet medications can be included in the disposal at drop-boxes.


For information on how to dispose of drugs that are not allowed in a drop-box, visit

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html.


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