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Hillsborough Township Police Department is Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 24th

Dispose of your Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Prescriptions on April 24th between 10 am and 2 pm at the Hillsborough Township Police Department

The Hillsborough Township Police Department, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will once again participate in National Prescription Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24th from 10am until 2pm. 

National Prescription Take Back Day is an annual initiative geared towards preventing pill abuse and theft by allowing residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  

Interested parties should bring pills for disposal to the Hillsborough Township Police Department in the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building at 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ.  The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.  The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills and patches.

“We encourage all residents to participate in this free, anonymous program, which provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription medication,” commented Mayor Shawn Lipani.

“Hillsborough Township was the first municipality in the State of New Jersey to install a permanent disposal receptacle for unused and unwanted prescriptions in the lobby of Police Headquarters.  It is accessible to residents 24 hours a day / 7 days a week,” added Mayor Lipani.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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