Township Accepting Expired, Unneeded Prescriptions

The long-awaited prescription drop box has been installed in the lobby of the police department

The township is officially collecting expired and unneeded prescriptions in the lobby of the police department.

“The primary purpose of the box is to prevent prescription drug abuse by simply making the drugs unavailable through proper disposal,” Capt. David Paprota previously said. “The box should serve as a great convenience to residents in the disposing of outdated prescription drugs.”

The secured bin, similar to that of a mailbox, has been installed to allow Lacey residents to drop off medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no paperwork required to drop off medication.

Using the Bin:

  • For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Drop boxes can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers, and similar objects.
  • The boxes cannot accept liquids, medical waste, or syringes. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should speak with their doctors or pharmacists to find the safest and best ways to dispose of them.
  • It should also be noted that consumers may only dispose of legal prescription or over-the-counter medications. Anyone wishing to dispose of any illicit drug, should follow the normal procedure of reporting it to the police.
  • Pet medications can be disposed of in the bin.

For the past year, the Lacey Township Municipal Alliance has pushed for a prescription drop boxas one method to keep drugs out of the hands of people who might misuse or abuse them.

“We won’t solve the problem with the drop box but we hope they bring attention to the issue,” Municipal Alliance Coordinator Heather Scanlon said in September. “We are dedicated to informing and educating the parents.

Marked on the drop box is the state's Division of Consumer Affairs' Project Medicine Drop logo. The initiative builds on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Take Back Day collection, which provides single-day opportunities to drop off unused medications at pre-identified, secure locations.

The Lacey Township Police Department has participated annually in the Take Back Day initiative. The last one-day drop off collected 150 pounds of pills.

Designated officers will track and keep an accounting of the disposed medications, which will be eventually turned over to the DEA to be incinerated. 

Prescription bins are also located at the the Seaside Heights and Toms River police departments. For more locations, click here.

Elaine Piniat February 11, 2013 at 08:30 PM
The state Division of Consumer Affairs advises consumers not to flush unused medications down the toilet. "Scientists have expressed concerns about the effects of medications being released into the water supplies after having been flushed down the toilet or poured down the sink, and the U.S. Geological Survey has found traces of pharmaceuticals in streams in 30 states," according to the website.
4Liberty February 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Question: If your doctor prescribes you medication i.e. Take two tablets twice a day for 30 days, at the end of thirty days. Shouldn’t you have zero meds left over?
wharfrat February 12, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Lot of medication is on an "as needed" schedule. Had oral surgery last month, got a 20 pill prescription for Vicodin. Have 18 left.
Dan Gleasack February 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM
we thiink the same tomsRiver rover. We need the tomsRiver cheif as our supreintendnt of schooles. Then we can a;ll walk and talk
tr February 12, 2013 at 04:34 PM
This is a proactive step in the right direction, finally! Why the Lacey Municipal Alliance WAITED until just "last year" to push for this is really beyond belief. They should have been on this "push" years ago. Now, keep the proactive action up and use some of those tax dollars that organization gets to put up a WALL OF SHAME above that drop box. The pictures of all the currently wanted or convicted drug related felons, from our area, should be posted there for Lacey's villagers to look for in their neighborhoods. The citizens can help the police by reporting their presence and what was observed. The other thing is, this organization should start a sign on sheet to be be submitted to state politicians to mandate that all stores that distribute controlled drugs in New Jersey have these drop boxes to make it more convenient to drop the unused drugs into. The Municipal Alliance organization already has the infrastrure and number of members, throughout the state, to get this started and accomplished. They get a good turn out everytime they have one of their tea and cookie meetings. I know this because, I was almost asked to leave, when I stated some of my views, the one time I attended, I guess they thought I was tooooo open minded???? I just want to see them be more aggressive in the WAR to save our kids from facing the slow death of drug and alcohol dependency.


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