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3/9/2016 - Hamilton Unveils New “Project Medicine Drop” Box at Police Headquarters

 

Hamilton Unveils New “Project Medicine Drop” Box at Police Headquarters

Hamilton residents will now be able to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at any time, while helping to prevent prescription drug abuse, thanks to a new, permanent prescription drug collection box at its Police Headquarters.

Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede was joined by Police Chief James W. Collins to unveil the new box, which is part of the “Project Medicine Drop” Box initiative – a program of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, within the Office of the Attorney General. 

The effort intends to help stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, which includes highly addictive opiate painkillers.

“By preventing easy access to unwanted prescription drugs, our new permeant drop box will be another tool in our continuing efforts to deter substance abuse and encourage healthy lifestyles, particularly for our young people,” explains Mayor Yaede. 

Hamilton’s new “Project Medicine Drop” Box will be located inside the main lobby of Hamilton’s Police Division Headquarters, located at 1270 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road in Hamilton.  Residents can access the drop box 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to properly dispose of unused or excess medications.  Residents are able to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs anonymously and without questions in a safe and secure manner. 

The program also helps to protect the environment by diverting prescription drugs from ending up in water supplies and landfills. 

“The Hamilton Police Division wants our community to be aware of this new resource and encourages residents to use it as a way to help prevent the potential for abuse,” says Chief James W. Collins.

The “Project Medicine Drop” programs builds upon single-day programs for disposing of undesired medications such as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take Back Initiative, in which Hamilton Township has previously participated.   

Hamilton’s new permanent box joins similar boxes in other parts of Mercer County (located at the Hopewell, Lawrence, Princeton, Robbinsville, West Windsor and The College of New Jersey Police Departments).  

According to a NJ Division of Consumer Affairs’ “Project Medicine Drop” website (http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/Pages/FAQ.aspx):

·         Every day, 40 Americans die from an overdose caused by prescription painkiller abuse, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined.

  • ·    Two in five teenagers mistakenly believe prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs, according to the DEA, and three in 10 teens mistakenly believe prescription painkillers are not addictive.
  • ·     In the United States, every day 2,500 youths take a prescription pain reliever for the purpose of getting high for the very first time, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
  • ·    The US Drug Enforcement Administration reports that prescription drugs, including opioids and antidepressants, are responsible for more overdose deaths than "street drugs" such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines.
  • ·   The number of American teenagers and adults who abuse prescription drugs is greater than those who use cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, compiled by the US Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • ·    In June 2011, the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation reported that a growing number of young people are abusing prescription drugs, and noted a significant trend in which the practice has led to increases, not only in the number of young people addicted to painkillers, but to the number of young people using heroin as well.