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
“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
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
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.