A drop-box for prescription medication will be available in Holmdel Town Hall on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The program is coordinated with efforts by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of New Jersey, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the NY/NJ HIDTA and the New Jersey National Guard.
The program began based on national studies about the rising misuse of prescription painkillers. According to the news release, between 2004 and 2008, the number of visits to the hospital involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased 111 percent.
- unused and expired prescription medications
- prescription cough syrup, sealed
- prescription eye and ear drips
- unused and expired over the counter medications
- hypodermic needles
- medical waste
- mercury thermometers
- illegal drugs or paraphernalia
Please remove the prescription label on the original prescription container if it contains any personal identifying information. The collection is anonymous, no identification is required.
Pills do not have to be in the original case. A Holmdel Police Officer will be with the drop-box at all times to assist residents.