Project Medicine Drop
Published on Sep 21, 2018 at 08:36a.m.
Teaneck Police Department offers “Project Medicine Drop”
24/7, 365, at Police Headquarters (900 Teaneck Road)
Residents of Teaneck are invited to bring unused or expired medications for disposal.
Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.
Through this initiative, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at State Police barracks, sheriff’s offices, and police departments throughout the state, including two military installations and several college campuses, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess, or expired prescription medications.
Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked. Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
“Unused medications that remain in your medicine cabinet are susceptible to theft and misuse. To prevent medications from getting into the wrong hands, the Teaneck Police Department urges you to properly dispose of your expired and unwanted prescription medicine. The Project Medicine Drop box, allows residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.”
Teaneck Police Department’s Project Medicine Drop Box is located in our front lobby at 900 Teaneck Road. Residents may drop off their unused medications at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications.
For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Drop boxes can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers, and similar objects. The boxes cannot accept liquids, medical waste, or syringes. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should speak with their doctors or pharmacists to find the safest and best ways to dispose of them. It should also be noted that consumers may only dispose of legal prescription or over-the-counter medications. Anyone wishing to dispose of any illicit drug, should follow the normal procedure of reporting it to the police.
By giving New Jerseyans 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. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs go to www.ProjectMedicineDrop.com