Allendale Police are proud to announce that we have received a drop box for medication from the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. We are now able to collect expired, unused or unneeded prescription medications at any time. The drop box is located in our lobby and we encourage anyone wishing to anonymously dispose of medications to stop in and use it.
We can accept any solid medication such as pills, patches, inhalers and similar items. Unfortunately, we cannot accept liquids, syringes or medical waste. For disposal of these items, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Project Medicine Drop is a NJ Division of Community Affairs program that provides the opportunity to discard unused prescription medications every day throughout the year. Once deposited, we will maintain custody of the deposited drugs, and dispose of them according to our normal procedures for the custody and destruction of controlled dangerous substances. On a quarterly basis we report the quantity of discarded drugs to the Division of Consumer Affairs.
In addition to the large drop box in our lobby, we have also received a portable collection box. We plan to use this during speaking engagements and other public functions.
For more information on Project Drop Box, visit the Project Medicine Drop web site.
The facts and statistics about prescription drug abuse are staggering:
- 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.