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Local Police to Host Meds Disposal Drop-Off

Washington Township Police will take part in statewide Operation Take Back initiative.

The will be a local collection site as part of the statewide medicine disposal program on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The initiative is available to all residents and is organized to encourage the proper disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medicine.

The goal of the program, according to a press release from the police department, is to allow Washington Township residents to rid their homes of various medications to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, especially those of juveniles and help protect the environment.

The only item that won’t be accepted is syringes and other sharp items, the release said.

During the October 2011 Operation Take Back program, a total of 9,831 pounds of medications was collected statewide. Nationally, the program brought in 377,086 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired medications.

The Washington Township Police Department is located at 1 East Springtown Road on top of Schooley's Mountain.

For more information, visit www.operationtakebacknj.com, or call Washington Township Police Lt. Doug Compton at 908-876-8309, or dcompton@wtpdmorris.org.

Liberty September 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I think it's a great idea, especially to keep any kinds of drugs out of the wrong hands. I'm trying to understand the advantage over my just putting expired meds in the disposal or the garbage. How does law enforcement dispose of them?
Tracy Tobin September 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Liberty The meds are sent to a central disposal facility that ensures that they don't get into the ground water or municipal water supply which is what happens when people "flush them away". Not sure what happens if they are dumped in a sealed liner landfill. The take back program is a national effort, not just the local PD.
Jason Koestenblatt October 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Thanks for the comments.
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