2018 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a Huge Success in Parsippany

Patrolmen Remo D'Alessandro and Matt Ruggier

PARSIPPANY — On Saturday, April 28, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department participated in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. A total of 79 pounds of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines were collected.

Residents of Parsippany-Troy Hills were encouraged to drop off unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines at the Morris Hills Shopping Center in front of the Harmon Face Values store located at 3189 Route 46.

All of the drugs returned at these sites will be destroyed by law enforcement officials in an environmentally safe manner.

This national event plays an important role in combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, as well as the goal to continue making Parsippany as safe as possible. It allows the community to dispose of these drugs in a stress-free manner, while raising awareness about the dangers of abusing medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.