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Project Medicine Drop allows safe disposal of medication

PLUMSTED – Individuals who want to dispose of excess or unused medications may now do so at the headquarters of the Plumsted Township Police Department, 2 Cedar St.

Police announced that the township has joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s Project Medicine Drop initiative and has installed a Project Medicine Drop box at headquarters.

The Project Medicine Drop box was funded by the RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and the DART Prevention Coalition of Ocean County, according to a press release.

Police Chief Matthew Petrecca said, “Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Plumsted. It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications.”

Residents may visit the police department at any time to dispose of their unused or excess medications, according to the press release. If an officer is not at headquarters at that time, call 609-758-7185 to have an officer respond to provide assistance.

“Ocean County is at the heart of the opioid epidemic in New Jersey and we know we need to do everything we can to get unused, unwanted and expired prescription pain medicines out of homes and unavailable to those who could abuse them,” said Connie Greene, vice president for the RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention.

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