Project Medicine Drop Box Collects 5,000 Lbs. Of Medications

Residents can use “Project Medicine Drop” Boxes to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription medications. (Photo courtesy Ocean County)

LACEY – Lacey Police reported that the department’s “Project Medicine Drop Box” has so far disposed of a whopping 5,000 lbs. of medication since the start of the program in 2013.

The drop box is located in the lobby of the Lacey Township Police Department and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The purpose of the drop box is to provide residents with a safe and legal method to properly dispose of unwanted medications, police said.

“Once the medication is dropped in the box, the bulk quantity of medications received is weighed and then transported to a designated incinerator facility located in New Jersey,” stated Chief Michael DiBella in a press release.

It’s as easy as showing up to the police department with your unwanted medication and dropping it in the box. No further steps are required. Residents should note: syringes and liquids are not permitted in the drop box.

“Although residents may be more comfortable emptying their pills (while in the lobby) into an unmarked plastic bag before dropping them into the drop box, the program allows for the resident to drop the medication in their original container,” stated DiBella.

Not only safe and convenient, the “Project Medicine Drop Box” is also anonymous. No record will be made of those individuals who participate in the program.

For more information, contact Detective Lieutenant Christopher Cornelius at 609-693-6636 ext. 2566.