On Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Verona Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Verona Municipal Building at 600 Bloomfield Avenue. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds—188 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.
For law enforcement, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health concern. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is high, as is the number of accidental poisonings and drug overdoses. And no, you shouldn’t just flush old drugs down the toilet or throw them in the trash: That causes other safety and health hazards, like prescription drugs turning up in our water supply.
So take a minute to go through the medicine cabinet and give the Police all the stuff you don’t need any more.