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Township of Ocean Police Department
Friday October 17th, 2014 :: 01:42 p.m. EDT
Advisory

SUBJECT: Township of Ocean Police Department installs prescription drug drop box in the lobby of police headquarters.

NARRATIVE:
For many New Jerseyans, addiction begins in the medicine cabinet. Studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs are taken from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Additionally, tossing unused medicines in the trash or flushing them may pose safety or health hazards. As a result, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has developed “Project Medicine Drop” as an important component of its effort to halt the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. It allows consumers to dispose of unused and expired medications anonymously, seven days a week, 365 days a year, at “prescription drug drop boxes” located within the headquarters of participating police departments. The goal is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The Township of Ocean has recently installed a prescription drug drop box in the lobby of police headquarters which is accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Police are urging residents to deposit their expired and unused prescription drugs into the box for proper destruction.

If you would like more information about prescription drug abuse and valuable tips on how to maintain and dispose of your medicines safely and securely people are urged to visit the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/links.htm

PREPARED BY: Detective Lieutenant Kevin L. Faller
Public Information Officer
(732) 531-1800
kfaller@oceantwp.org

DATE: 10/17/2014

Lt. TT/224

Address/Location
Township of Ocean Police Department
399 Monmouth Road
Ocean Township, NJ 07755

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 732-531-1800

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