Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Sheriff's Department has joined the New Jersey Attorney General's "Project Medicine Drop" initiative, and has installed a new "Project Medicine Drop" Box to help residents dispose of unused and old medications.
The Medicine Drop Box is available during business hours on the first floor of the Ocean County Justice Complex, 120 Hooper Ave., here.
The Medicine Drop Box makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Ocean County residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.
"Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Ocean County," said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as Director of Public Law and Safety. "It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications."
Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General's effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.
"The Sheriff's Department looks forward to working with the New Jersey Attorney General's office along with the municipal police departments in Project Medicine Drop to help limit the amount of prescription drugs that are not disposed of safely," said Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy.
Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure "prescription drug drop boxes" at police departments, sheriff's offices, and State Police barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess, or expired prescription medications.
"The addition of this Medicine Drop Box will allow residents to have 20 local and county resources available to dispose of unused prescriptions," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "Having the Sheriff's Department participate in the initiative helps emphasize the importance of getting rid of prescriptions that are no longer needed."
Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked. Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
By giving New Jerseyans a safe and secure method to dispose of unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop helps prevent the abuse of these drugs. This initiative also protects New Jersey's environment by keeping these drugs out of landfills and out of the water supply.
More information about Project Medicine Drop, including a full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop.