Hasbrouck Heights Police will once again offer borough residents a safe way to dispose of their unwanted and expired medications as they take part in "Operation Take Back New Jersey" this weekend.
Between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. at this Saturday's Town Day event at Woodland Park, police officers will be on hand to take unwanted and expired medications from borough residents. This program provides citizens with a safe and legal method to dispose of their unwanted, unused, and expired medications.
Each year a growing number of teenagers quietly turn to a seemingly unlikely source to score drugs—their parents and family members medicine cabinets.
According to most recent studies, between 1997 and 2007, treatment for prescription painkillers increased more that 400 percent, and between 2004 and 2008 the number of visits to hospital emergency rooms involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased 111 percent.
The goal of the program is to allow the citizens of NJ 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.