Prescription Drug Recycling Day


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You probably know by now that you’re not supposed to dump unused prescription medicines down the drain; they end up in the water supply. But opportunities for recycling drugs the right way are few and far between for individual households, which is why you should pay attention to this event, organized by the Verona Police Department.

On Saturday, September 25, our police will be participating in a statewide drug disposal event that has been dubbed Operation Take Back New Jersey. You can bring unused, unwanted and expired medicine to the police department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This is the second year for Operation Take Back New Jersey, which last year collected 9,000 pounds of medicine. But while we’ve seen Verona’s police chief, Doug Huber, at the recycling center on the weekend, the police aren’t doing this out of a desire to be “green”. The goal is to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands: Emergency room visits for non-medical use of these drugs has been soaring.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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