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What should you do with unwanted drugs?

April 27th, 2016 | Posted by Julia Siegel in GreenNews

 

You may have been told previous to flush unneeded drugs, but did you know that has an effect on our waterways, increases the cost to treat the water and even then there are sensitive receptors that are being identified.  DON’T Flush your drugs!

You may have been told previous to throw out unneeded drugs, but did you know that this increases contamination of landfill leachate, increasing the cost to municipal solid waste management.  DON’T Throw drugs in garbage!

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So what should you do with old medications, either expired or unneeded?  Dispose of unwanted medications that may negatively impact the environment or increase the risk of abuse at a designated collection point.  Rutherford hosts an bi-annual collection date occurring this Saturday April 30th from 10am to 2pm.  Have all liquid medications in secure containers. No sharps or syringes will be accepted. Participants may utilize the Borough parking lot during the times of the event. We are located at 184 Park Avenue, Rutherford NJ, entrance is on the Donaldson Avenue side of the building.

Address/Location
Rutherford Police Department
184 Park Ave
Rutherford, NJ 07070

Contact
Non-emergencies: 201-939-6000

To learn more about why it’s important to properly dispose of your medications and how this helps Rutherford be more sustainable, see the Sustainable Jersey priority action.

Can’t make the collection on Saturday?  There are 21 locations in Bergen County that collect unwanted drugs year round, most 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with NO QUESTIONS ASKED including neighboring Lyndhurst.  See all New Jersey collection locations here.

To read more about the national efforts to properly dispose of medications please see the following resources:

American Medicine Chest Challenge

http://www.americanmedicinechest.com/

Covanta Energy Rx4Safety Program

http://www.covantaenergy.com/rx4safety

Dispose My Meds

www.disposemymeds.com

Drug Enforcement Agency National Take Back Day

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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