FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Natalie Pineiro, 908-527-4035

Union County to Participate in DEA’s National Take Back Initiative

Union County- Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella encourages Union County residents to rid their homes of unwanted and expired medication at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Initiative this Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. at Union County Police Department, 300 North Avenue East  Westfield, NJ 07090.

“The National Take Back Initiative coordinates safe and reliable drop-off points that are properly staffed to ensure no medication ends up in the wrong hands,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Take Back events are a tool for reducing the abuse of prescription and non-prescription medications. The goal of the program is to allow citizens to turn unused, unwanted or expired medications in to law enforcement officials who will dispose of the substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner.

During October 2011, Operation Take Back New Jersey collected 9831 pounds of medication state-wide.

Union County Police Department will be staffed for collection in addition to various municipal police departments throughout the County. For a full listing of participating locations visit http://ucnj.org/medication-disposal.

For additional information on the National Take Back Initiative contact Union County Police Department at 908-654-9800.

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