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If you’ve been wondering how to dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription pills, Hopewell Township is offering the solution on Saturday September 27 from 10AM to 2PM.

The Hopewell Township Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are offering a free pill collection in order to help prevent pill abuse and theft by helping ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

“It is important for everyone in our community to dispose of unused prescriptions, especially pain medication, which if misused can lead to addiction. American’s abuse of prescription painkillers has reached epidemic proportions. We need to do our part to keep our community and youth protected,” shared Heidi Kahme Chair / Coordinator of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

In addition to the addiction and health dangers, the usual methods for disposing unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash— pose potential safety and health hazards to the water, according to the Hopewell Township Police Department press release. Here’s your official FDA set of instructions and guidelines.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Mercer County Library, Hopewell Branch, located at 245 Pennington Titusville Road. It is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

(The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with mild germaphobia, excessive self-reflection, enthusiastic television viewing, and misguided adventures in random hobbies.

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