Give your Drugs to the Police


Lurking in my medicine cabinet are souvenirs of every illness and ailment that my family has endured for around 5 years. These mementos take the form of leftover prescription drugs, and they don’t bring back especially good memories. Time to get rid of these old bottles? Baristaville police think so.

The Montclair and Millburn Police Departments, along with many others around the state, will be local collection sites, for “Operation Take Back NJ” medicine disposal day this Saturday, September 25.

In Montclair, collections will take place at the Police Headquarters at 647 Bloomfield Avenue between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Millburn Police will be collecting old medicine at The Millburn Law Enforcement Building at 435 Essex Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This statewide effort has the majority of New Jersey police departments participating and is spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the NY/NJ HIDTA, and the New Jersey National Guard.

“Last year, New Jersey opened its medicine cabinets and we collected over 9,000 pounds of medicine that was unwanted,” John G. McCabe, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA New Jersey Division said.

A study at the University of Michigan stated that between 1997 and 2007, treatment admissions for abuse of prescription painkillers increased more than 400 percent. For information on the program and local collection sites, click here.

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  1. It makes sense when the police have the gun drop off day, but old prescriptions? Flush ’em or bring them back to the pharmacy to dispose them.

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