Record Number of Meds Collected for Disposal in County
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced March 2 that 3,280 pounds of unused prescription medications were collected for disposal through the county-wide Project Medicine Drop. It marked a record haul for the program, which since its inception in the summer of 2014 has resulted in 22,380 pounds of various medicines being destroyed.
“With the hint of spring in the air, we hope it moves everyone while doing spring cleaning to also clean out medicine cabinets of unused prescription meds,” said Coronato. “There is no question that unused medications many times end up in the wrong hands and are used illegally. In the worst case scenarios these forgotten pain killing medications lead to addiction or teens becoming unwitting drug dealers.”
He said Project Medicine Drop is the county-wide initiative to make disposal of unused medications an easy, convenient priority for county residents.
“With just under half of the municipalities in Ocean County having easily accessible medication drop boxes at police department entrances, there is no excuse not to clean out and drop off these potentially dangerous meds,” said the prosecutor.
In Southern Ocean County, drop boxes are located at the following police departments: Stafford, Little Egg, Barnegat, Lacey, Ocean (Waretown) ) and Long Beach townships; and the boroughs of Tuckerton and Harvey Cedars.
Al Della Fave, prosecutor’s office spokesman, said the collected medications are taken to a high-efficiency furnace that burns the medications without emitting fumes.
“Our next disposal will be in July,” he said. “Hopefully, people will continue to get rid of unused meds and make this program a success.” —E.E.