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Prescription Drop-Off Progam Now Full Time In Lacey, Toms River, Manchester

Program began as one-day events in local communities

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With the heroin epidemic that claimed more than 100 lives in 2013 now stretching into 2014, county officials this week reiterated their call for local residents to drop off unused or expired prescription medications into several, full-time drop-off points established throughout the county.

"Prescription drug abuse is the precursor to heroin abuse," said Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, in a statement this week. "National surveys show teenagers who abuse prescription drugs often take them from relatives, or get them from friends.

"Many people mistakenly believe prescription painkillers are less dangerous and less addictive than cocaine or heroin – but they are tragically wrong. The fight against addiction must therefore begin at home."  

Deaths from drug overdoses in Ocean County rose 111 percent between 2012 and 2013, from 49 to 112, county officials said. So far in 2014, more than eight deaths have been attributed to drug overdoses, mainly heroin.

What began as single-day prescription drop off events has evolved, with the help of several local police departments, into a permanent program. Anyone can now bring prescriptions into the locations at any time.

The locations include:

  • Seaside Heights Police Department, 116 Sherman Ave., Seaside Heights, or call (732) 793-1800
  • Toms River Police Department, 255 Oak Ave., Toms River, or call (732) 349-0150
  • Lacey Township Police Department, 808 West Lacey Road, Forked River, or call (609) 693-6636
  • Lakewood Township Police Department, 231 Third St., Lakewood, or call (732) 363-0200
  • Manchester Township Police Department, 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester Township, or call 732-657-2009

“I want to commend the police departments in Ocean County for hosting these drop-off boxes,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, in a statement. “Education and raising awareness are key components in this ongoing effort. Disposing of prescription drugs safely and properly certainly helps as we work toward a solution.”

Howard M. Syvarth February 24, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Our sewage treatment systems are not designed to remove chemicals from domestic sanitary wastes. As a result the effluent from these plants have significantly detectable concentration of pharmaceutical compounds. As for bottled water, there is a whole universe of compounds that are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. EPA is not agency protecting the consumer from contaminated bottled water.
letsgetreal February 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM
@ Howard... Finally a bright comment...your 100% correct. And if someone is SOOOOOOOO concerned about their private information there is one simple solution. PEEL THE DAMN INFO OFF YOUR BOTTLE OR BOX or BLACK IT OUT....Jesus...do we have to hold the hands of every ignorant complainer?
Mattie February 24, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Marynary... Of course those selling or abusing the pills themselves won't be the ones turning them in, but people turn in pills for a variety of reasons. Mostly because they believe that expired pills are no good any longer. That is not true, as I've stated in a previous comment. Hard pills (not gel-caps or capsules) are still good for at least 10 yrs. Expiration dates are determined by Big Pharma companies ONLY to keep the $$ coming in. As for cops taking notice of where the popular drugs come from.... when 40-something yr old "Bob" lives with his elderly parents in a retirement community, and Bob has an addiction problem, or sells pills, it's an interesting fact (for the cops) to know that his mom or dad gets prescription pain pills on a regular basis. I know this happens. Any number of other scenarios too. So you are absolutely right, Marynary- the abusers aren't the ones turning in the drugs, it's the "good guys" turning in their unused pain pills or other mind-altering prescriptions - and they aren't accomplishing anything anyway. Except revealing personal medical information to the cops. That is one issue with these voluntary pill crusades. These drug drop offs don't accomplish anything, they only reveal information that need not be revealed, and the worst thing of all- the ton of drugs collected is NOT being disposed of "properly and safely". That is BS. Call your local PD and ask how they dispose of the pills they collect. *IF* you get an answer at all, it's probably far from the truth.
suz February 24, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Oh brother....

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