Locals are invited to safely hand over unused and unwanted prescription to Middletown police this weekend.
In an ongoing effort to combat prescription pill abuse, the township’s police department will collect medications at the Middletown Police Department, One Kings Highway, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, according to Public Information Officer Cindy Herrschaft.
Medications left in home cabinets can be abused and lead to accidental poisonings and overdoses, according to authorities. Additionally, flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them into the trash can be dangerous.
Americans handed in 371 tons—more than 742,000 pounds—of prescription drugs at the 5,800 Operation Take Back sites operated by law enforcement agencies in April, according to authorities.
Law enforcement agencies in total have collected more than 2.8 million pounds of pills over the past six Take Back events held nationwide, according to authorities.
Only medications will be accepted, and residents are asked not to bring needles to the event, Herrschaft said. Local program information is available by calling 732-615-2039.