New Jersey American Water Encourages Customers to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug Enforcement Administrations’ National Prescription Drug Take
Back Day is Saturday

Jersey American Water
encourages customers to participate in the Drug
Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back
this Saturday. Everyone is encouraged to drop off unwanted
medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated,
which is the Environmental
Protection Agency’s
(EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical
disposal. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the
trash are highly discouraged.

The Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Collection sites participating in this event can be located by visiting

“This is a great way to keep these items out of our landfills and water
supply,” said Stephen Schmitt, vice president of operations at New
Jersey American Water. “We encourage those who cannot participate during
this DEA event to continue to use their community pharmaceutical
disposal programs to properly dispose of their unwanted medications.
Through all of these efforts we can protect not only our water, but our
community as a whole.”

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water
is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing
high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the
largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the
company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide
drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately
15 million people in 47 states, as well as parts of Canada. More
information can be found by visiting


New Jersey American Water
Peter A. Eschbach, 856-782-2316