New “Project Medicine Drop” box helps residents safely dispose of unused, excess or expired medications to help prevent prescription drug abuse
(Clayton, NJ) – A new "Project Medicine Drop" box has been installed at Clayton's police headquarters.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “By giving residents 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.“
Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services said, “This drop box makes it easier and more convenient for Clayton residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which is often fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.”
Jefferson said that $500 in funding for the Medicine Drop box was provided by the Gloucester County Municipal Alliance.
The Clayton Police Department with the support of the Mayor and Council and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders have partnered with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and have obtained a Medicine Drop box.
Clayton Mayor Tom Bianco said that the police department’s new “Project Medicine Drop” box is located at 125 North Delsea Drive, Clayton. Residents may visit the Clayton Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused, excess or expired medications anonymously and with no questions asked. Project Medicine Drop Box is clearly labeled and is placed directly in front of the police departments lobby.
Mayor Bianco said, “I am asking for the community’s help. Many residents of all ages have unused, excess or expired medication lying around the house. Please check your homes and use this new resource to safely dispose of unneeded medications.”
Clayton Police Chief Andrew Davis said, "Since the installation of the Medication Drop Box I have been astounded by the success of the program. We have already collected three trash bags of medication that can be destroyed. This was without making any announcements in the media. As the Chief of Police, a citizen, and a parent, I am grateful for the residents taking the time to safeguard themselves, the environment and their loved ones. It is my hope that once word spreads even more residents will take advantage of this program."
Other municipalities that have used their county Municipal Alliance funding for Medicine Drop Boxes include Westville and Woodbury.