Ocean County’s Project Medicine Drop Results in More Than Two Tons Collected

Dec 20, 2017

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced last week that the concerted efforts of Ocean County law enforcement and residents continue to bring great success in disposing of unused prescription medications.

Coronato said Project Medicine Drop broke the previous pill burn record of 4,460 pounds set in August by supervising the safe disposal of 4,520 pounds this month, or more than two tons of unused prescription medications. Since the program’s start in 2014, 31,360 pounds of various medicines have been destroyed.

Project Medicine Drop is the countywide initiative to make disposal of unused medications an easy, convenient priority for Ocean County residents. With just under half of the municipalities in Ocean County having easily accessible medication drop boxes at police department entrances, Coronato said there is no excuse not to clean out and drop off these potentially dangerous meds.

When the program held its first collection, in October 2014, 2,220 pounds were collected. In March 2017, it hit the 3,000 pound mark for the first time with 3,280 pounds disposed.

For more information, log on njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop or oceancountyprosecutor.org. E.E.


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