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October 25, 2019 | Number of The Day
Tons of unwanted medicine collected and disposed of in NJ

Since its launch in 2011 through 2018, New Jersey’s Project Medicine Drop program — part of the state’s effort against prescription drug abuse and addiction — has collected approximately 164 tons of unwanted medicine and destroyed it safely through incineration.

Now state officials are again asking residents to scour their medicine cabinets for unwanted medication, in conjunction with the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and bring it on Saturday, Oct. 26 to one of hundreds of locations across New Jersey established by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The locations will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For the first time, the collection has expanded to include electronic vaping devices. Individuals must remove lithium ion batteries from the devices before turning them in.