High Schools North & South 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

MIDDLETOWN – Got Drugs? Turn in unwanted or expired medications for safe disposal to the Middletown Police Department on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Middletown High School North, 63 Tindall Road and Middletown High School South, 900 Nutswamp Road. 

The Middletown Police Department is collecting unwanted medications as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey, a federal Drug Enforcement Agency program which enables citizens to anonymously surrender and dispose of any and all prescription medications. The goal of the program is to allow the citizens of New Jersey to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who can in turn dispose of these controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner, preventing these pills from falling into the hands of juveniles or into the illicit market in our communities.

The program’s website, www.operationtakebacknj.com, provides details on participating police departments, collection sites, and other program information. Since 2009 more than 400 police departments and other law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey helped collect 9,000 pounds of old, unwanted pills, pain killers, anti-depressants and other medications in an effort to keep teens from looting their parents’ medicine cabinets. That’s 4.5 tons of medications. If sold on the street, the drugs would have a value of roughly $35 million. This program — the first of its kind in the nation — invites residents to scour their medicine chests for unused, unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs and drop them off for disposal.

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