FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – In an effort to stop the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs, the Franklin Borough Police Department has installed a “Prescription Medicine Drop” Box. The “Box” is located in the lobby at the Franklin Borough Police Station located at 15 Corkhill Road.
“For too many New Jerseyans, addiction begins in the medicine cabinet,” police said.
According to a 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of American teenagers and adults who abuse prescription drugs is greater than those who use cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.
The public can deposit their unused or expired household pharmaceutical waste into the box, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
“This opportunity prevents unused medications from falling into the hands of those who might abuse such, and it keeps them from being flushed into the water supply,” police said.
The “Box” accepts solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, and pet medications. The “box” cannot accept inhalers, syringes, or liquids. Individuals wishing to dispose of these items should speak with their doctors or pharmacists to find the safest and best ways to dispose of them.
For more information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop.