WOODBURY, NJ--Continuing a nine-year campaign to remove expired or unwanted prescription medications from homes before they are abused or misused, local police departments will accept anonymous drop-offs of pharmaceuticals at their headquarters on Saturday, October 28.
In addition to collection boxes placed at police departments, the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office will post an officer at the County Store in the Deptford Mall to receive drop-offs.
“This is an excellent opportunity to get rid of old and potentially dangerous prescription drugs in a safe and convenient manner,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton. “I would urge all county residents to do this at their local police department.”
The nationwide collection program, developed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, addresses a well-recognized problem of overdosing or poisoning caused by prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands, especially among the young. This is “an unacceptable risk to public health and safety, ” the DEA says.
All medications collected will be disposed of in a safe and non-hazardous manner by a firm that operates waste- to-energy plants in New Jersey. They can be dropped off in vials with labels removed, inked out or drugs can be placed in a plastic bag.
In 13 collection events since 2009, the DEA and its law enforcement partners have collected and disposed of more than 4,000 tons of prescription drugs.
Following are collection sites:
Clayton Police, 125 N. Delsea Dr., (856) 881-2301.
East Greenwich Police, 159 Democrat Rd., (856) 423-4322.
Elk Police, 667 Whig Lane Rd. Monroeville, (856) 881-6688.
Franklin Police, Coles Mill Rd., (856) 694-0221.
Glassboro Police, 1 So. Main St., (856) 881-1501.
Rowan University Police, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., (856) 256-4922.
Greenwich Police, 421 W. Broad St., (856) 423-1950.
Harrison Police, 137 N. Main St., Mullica Hill, (856) 478-6839.
Logan Police, 125 Main St. Bridgeport, (856) 467-0061
Mantua Police, 405 Main St., (856) 468-1920.
Monroe Police, 125 Virginia Ave., Williamstown, (856) 728-9800.
Newfield Police, 18 Catawba Ave., (856) 697-0577.
Paulsboro Police, 1211 N. Delaware St., (856) 423-1101.
Pitman Police, 110 S. Broadway, (856) 589-3501.
South Harrison Police, 664 Harrisonville Rd., (856) 769-3737.
Washington Twp. Police, 1 McClure Dr., (856) 589-6650.
Wenonah Police, 1 S. West Ave., (856) 468-6262.
West Deptford Police, 400 Crown Point Rd., (856) 853-4599.
Westville Police, 114 Crown Point Rd., (856) 456-9444.
Woodbury Police, 200 N. Broad St., (856) 845-0065.
Woodbury Heights Police, 500 Elm Ave., (856) 848-6707.
Woolwich Police, 120 Village Green Dr., (856) 467-1667.
Another means of disposal has been made available by the Inspira health care organization in the form of pouches in varying sizes into which the medications and warm water are placed. The water releases activated carbon that neutralizes the drugs. The pouch can then be safely thrown away with household trash. Inspira has purchased and distributed the Deterra (brand name) pouches to local agencies and organizations including the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services and the Southwest Council.