On Saturday, October 26, the Medical Society of New Jersey and the Camden County Medical Society are asking residents to “Make a Difference” by cleaning out their medicine cabinets and dropping off their unused and expired drugs in designated, permanent drop-off boxes located at police stations throughout the counties.
Project Medicine Drop, sponsored by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, is responsible for placing secured drop boxes in the headquarters of participating police departments. New Jersey residents are encouraged to use any drop-off box that is convenient for them, not just those located within their county or municipality. Prescription painkiller overdoses kill more people in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined so the proper disposal of these medications is key to reducing the medicine-abuse problem in New Jersey and other states throughout the nation.
"Although most people think serious illegal drugs are responsible for most drug overdose deaths, the truth is more Americans die from overdoses on prescription painkillers than heroin and cocaine combined," said Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt. "By encouraging New Jerseyans to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly disposing of unneeded and expired prescription drugs, we can save lives and promote safety in our communities."
Participating police departments in Camden County are Cherry Hill and Haddon Heights.
To find the drop box nearest to you and for information about how to keep your medications safe, call 1-800-242-5846 or visit www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop.