Unused Meds Destroyed in Ocean County ‘Pill Burn’

May 30, 2018

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

Project Medicine Drop is the state-wide initiative to make disposal of unused medications an easy and 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, there is no excuse not to clean out and drop off these potentially dangerous meds,” said Coronato.

On May 18, he supervised the safe disposal, or “pill burn,” of 3,500 pounds of unused prescription medications. Since the program’s start in the summer of 2014, 34,860 pounds of various medicines have been destroyed in the county.

The first date was Oct. 3, 2014, when 2,220 pounds were destroyed. It reached the 3,000 mark when 3,280 pounds were disposed of March 1, 2017. On Aug. 3, 2017, the county destroyed the most meds to date, with 4,460 pounds.

The program is separate from National Take Drug Back Day, which was held on April 28. On that date, various police departments encourage individuals to anonymously and confidentially turn in unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at headquarters. That initiative is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

For more information about Project Medicine Drop, call Lt. Cindy Boyd at 732-929-2027, extension 3025, or go to njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop or oceancountyprosecutor.org. E.E.

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