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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Freeholder Linda Hughes Announces National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Freeholder Linda Hughes announced today the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders has established April 29 as Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Burlington County. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with local police departments, takes part in an annual effort to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

“On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents are encouraged to join the rest of the nation in this important initiative to help fight and bring to light the dangers of the substance abuse epidemic,” said Freeholder Hughes. “The Freeholder Board is proud to partner with the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, and local law enforcement agencies to participate in ‘Project Medicine Drop’.”

“Abuse of prescription drugs is a major public health problem across the nation. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including home medicine cabinets,” explained Hughes. “To help address this problem, the County has established a permanent medication drop box program in partnership with local law enforcement agencies. We are urging additional law enforcement agencies to join us in the fight against opioid abuse.”

Prescription Drop-off Locations throughout the County Include:

  • Bordentown City Police Department – 324 Farnsworth Ave
  • Bordentown Township Police Department – 1 Municipal Dr*
  • Burlington City Police Department – 525 High St
  • Burlington Township Police Department – 851 Old York Rd*
  • Cinnaminson Township Police Department – 900 Manor Rd*
  • Delanco Township Police Department – 770 Coopertown Rd*
  • Evesham Police Department – 984 Tuckerton Road
  • Florence Township Police Department – 711 Broad St*
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – 3021 McGuire Blvd
  • Lumberton Township Police Department – 35 Municipal Dr*
  • Mansfield Township Police Department – 190 A Atlantic Ave
  • Maple Shade Police Department – 200 Stiles Ave
  • Medford Lakes Municipal Building – 1 Cabin Circle*
  • Medford Township Police Department – 91 Union St
  • Moorestown Police Department – 1245 North Church St
  • Mount Holly Township Police Department – 23 Washington Ave*
  • Mount Laurel Police Department – 100 Mount Laurel Road
  • New Jersey State Police, Red Lion – 1722 Route 206
  • North Hanover Township Police Department – 41 Schoolhouse Road
  • Palmyra Police Department – 20 West Broad St*
  • Westampton Township Police Department – 710 Rancocas Rd
  • Willingboro Police Department – 1 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr*

“The medication drop box aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. We are taking the proactive measures to encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse and remind them that these prescription drop-off locations exist and that the effort to stop the abuse prescription drugs begins at home,” added Hughes.

“To this end, we have made it our goal to double the amount of Prescription Drug Boxes available year-round throughout the County by 2020,” Hughes continued. “We will be working closely with our communities to ensure that residents have access to the resources they need and feel comfortable dropping off unused medications.”

“We know by using these boxes and keeping medications of all kinds out of the wrong hands we can help save lives,” concluded Hughes.

The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, inhalers, and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids.

For more information about the April 29 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day visit: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

*Indicates National Take Back Initiative Collection sites. 

For the hours of availability and other information, contact the police departments or call the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at (800) 242-5846. For more information visit: www.NJconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.

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