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Hackettstown police collect 222 pounds of unused, expired medications in 2023

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A total of 222 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications were dropped off at the Hackettstown Police Department’s Medicine Drop Box in 2023, police said.

The Project Medicine Drop Box is located at the Hackettstown Police Department located at 215 West Stiger St. Residents can visit the Hackettstown Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications. Hypodermic needles, epi-pens and liquids are not accepted, police said.

Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Hackettstown. It will encourage residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications, police said.

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, police said.

Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at police departments, sheriff’s offices, and State Police barracks across New Jersey, 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.

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.

More information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found by clicking here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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