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Summit PD Establishes Permanent Drop Box for Unwanted Medications

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, December 12, 2013 • 8:46am

SUMMIT, NJ - Unused prescription drugs may now be safely and confidentially disposed of 24/7, 365 days a year, thanks to Project Medicine Drop.

In cooperation with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the Summit Police Department now has a permanently installed drop box in the Atrium of City Hall, where members of the public may deposit unwanted medications with no questions asked.  These drugs will be in the custody of the police department, and disposed of according to normal procedures for the destruction of controlled dangerous substances.

Summit Police Chief Robert Weck noted, “The statistics concerning prescription drug abuse are stunning. For example, the Drug Enforcement Administration reports that prescription drugs are responsible for more overdose deaths than 'street drugs' such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. In the past, we have worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration and their National Take Back Initiative to provide single-day opportunities to drop off unused drugs. Judging by the number of people who call us regarding drug disposal opportunities, I believe having a permanent site will be welcome news to the residents of Summit and those in our neighboring communities.”

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