By Ann Marie Barron
Now, it has become even easier for New Jersey residents to safely and anonymously dispose of dangerous prescription medications, thanks to a new interactive website and 24-hour drop-off locations.
Gov. Chris Christie recently announced the launching of a new interactive component to ReachNJ, the state’s drug addiction one-stop website, that helps residents to easily locate the nearest collection sites for Project Medicine Drop.
“Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose or abuse,’’ said the governor’s proclamation. “The majority of teenagers who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.’’
Project Medicine Drop is the 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week prescription drug collection program run by the state Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs.
Project Medicine Drop boxes are installed indoors, affixed to the floor or wall in a secure area within police department headquarters, within view of law enforcement officers.
Residents can drop off unwanted prescriptions for free and anonymously at more than 212 stationary drop boxes and 148 mobile drop boxes around the state in police stations, sheriff’s offices and military installations. Residents can visit www.reachnj.gov/medicine-disposal to access an interactive map, which easily helps identify the closest drug disposal location.
Project Medicine Drop secured drop boxes are located at the headquarters of local police departments. Consumers from anywhere in New Jersey can visit the boxes seven days a week, to drop off unneeded and expired medications – and keep them away from those at risk of abusing them.
The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, inhalers and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids.
For the hours of availability and other information, contact the police departments or call the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at (800) 242-5846. A complete list of all locations in the state is available at the state Consumer Affairs website, http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/Pages/Locations.aspx.
Drop-off locations in Essex County:
Caldwell Police Department, 1 Provost Square Avenue, Caldwell, (973) 226-2600.
Livingston Police Department, 333 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, (973) 992-3000.
Millburn Police Department, 435 Essex Street, Millburn, (973) 564-7001.
North Caldwell Police Department, 136 Gould Avenue, North Caldwell (973) 226-0800.