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Monday, April 23, 2012

Safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs Saturday


Union County is taking part in the National Take Back Day this Saturday, when Plainfielders and other county residents may safely dispose of expired and unwanted prescription medications.

Now is the time to go through your medications and get rid of those you no longer need or use or which are beyond the recommended 'use by' date.

Though the police departments in several communities in the county are acting as drop-off points, Plainfield is not among them -- even though the event is prominently advertised on the city website's home page.

The closest point for Plainfielders to drop off unwanted prescription drugs is the Union County Police Department at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. (For a complete list of drop-off locations, see the county's website here.)

The hours are 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM this Saturday (April 28) only.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Bob said...

This drug give back day is all well and good, but most prescription drugs are good long after the expiration date and it's a shame to throw away something others may be in great need of. I volunteer at the Zarephath Health Center in Zarephath, NJ and we provide free health care and medications to our patients who do not have health care otherwise. Many of our patients don't have health care available through their jobs, as I do, or are long term unemployed. People should donate their prescription drugs to free health centers like ours to help people in need or make other donations. If anyone wants to know more they can call the Zarephath Health Center at 732-537-0737. We are open Mon. and Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wed. night from 7 p.m to 9 p.m., otherwise, leave a message and someone will get back to you. Thank you and God bless you.