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What is the proper way to dispose of prescription drugs?

Guidelines for Proper Disposal

Federal Guidelines for the proper disposal of prescription drugs:

Operation Take Back New Jersey is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey (NJ) Division Operation Take Back NJ.  The mission is to provide a safe and legal method for the citizens of New Jersey to dispose their unwanted, unused, and expired medicines. There will be an event in April at the Hamilton Police Station.  Date to be announced.

Project Medicine Drop accepts solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, inhalers and pet medications seven days a week, 365 days a year.  The boxes are located within the headquarters of participating police departments and are highly visible with the "Project Medicine Drop" logo. Syringes or liquids are not accepted.  A drop box is located at the Hamilton Police Station.  Click here and scroll down to Mercer County to find additional locations.

If a drug take back or collection program is not available follow these steps to properly dispose of your prescription drugs:
1.  Keep medicine in original container.  Mark out personal information on prescription bottles by covering it with          black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
2.   Mix liquid medicine with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter, dirt or used coffee grinds.  Dilute pills with       water, then add coffee grinds, cat litter or dirt. 
3.   Place bottles in an opaque container, like a yogurt container or an empty margarine tub.  Secure lid or wrap in a      dark colored plastic bag.
4.  Hide the container in the trash.  Do NOT recycle.


Updated 7/11/2019 3:14 PM
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