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NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Office of Public Information (609) 882-2000
Lt. Stephen Jones - ext. 6513
A/SFC Brian Polite - ext. 6514
A/Sgt Adam Grossman - ext. 6516

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 04, 2013

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New Jersey State Police and Consumer Affairs
Promote Project Medicine Drop Box

West Trenton, N.J. Project Medicine Drop box is a program to allow easy, secure, and anonymous disposal of unwanted drugs at numerous locations throughout the State. Five of those locations are at State Police Barracks.

Two in five teenagers mistakenly believe prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs. In a growing trend, New Jersey teens who abused prescription drugs went on to become addicted, and turned to heroin use. Project Medicine Drop box is crucial in making sure New Jersey residents take an active role against the nationwide epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Scientists have expressed concerns about the effects of medications being released into the water supplies after having been flushed down the toilet or sink, and the U.S. Geological Survey has found traces of pharmaceuticals in streams in 30 states. Simply placing drugs in the trash creates the potential that they will be found by those seeking to sell or abuse them.

In partnership endorsed by the State Department of Environmental Protection, Morristown-based Covanta Energy, a nationwide operator of energy-from-waste and renewable energy facilities, has agreed to destroy the medications at no cost to taxpayers.

Project Medicine Drop boxes are, metal containers resembling mailboxes. The drop boxes enable consumers to dispose of unused and expired medications safely and securely, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Drop boxes can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers, and similar objects. The boxes cannot accept liquids, medical waste, or syringes. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should speak with their doctors or pharmacists to find the safest and best ways to dispose of them. It should also be noted that consumers may only dispose of legal prescription or over-the-counter medications. Anyone wishing to dispose of any illicit drug, should follow the normal procedure of reporting it to the police.

The following State Police Barracks maintain a Project Medicine Drop box

Sussex County
Sussex Barracks
27 Route 206
Augusta, NJ 07822
(973) 383-1514
Warren County
Hope Barracks
501 County Route 521
Hope, NJ 07844
(908) 459-5098
Morris County
Netcong Barracks
85 Route 206 South
Netcong, NJ 07857
(973) 347-1001
Burlington County
Red Lion Barracks
1722 Route 206
Southampton, NJ 08088
(609) 859-2282
Salem County
Woodstown Barracks
769 Rt. 40
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
(856) 769-0775
 

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