Unwanted/Expired Medicine Drop-off Nov. 8th

Posted on November 5, 2014

Somerset County Sheriff’s Office to Host Medication Drop-off Nov. 8

You can get rid of expired, unused or unwanted medications this Saturday, Nov. 8, at the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) drop-off at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, located in the county administration building at 20 Grove St.  An officer will be on duty from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines for proper disposal.

The AMCC initiative is cosponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and the National Directory of Permanent Prescription Drug Collection Sites.  For more information, including additional drop-off locations around the state, visit www.AmericanMedicineChest.com/NJ

“The focus of this program is to protect the environment and get rid of unwanted, unused and outdated medicine, especially potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals,” said Sheriff Provenzano.

Medications should be dropped off in their original packages or bottles with personal information such as name and address removed.  The name of the medication should be visible.  Illegal drugs, needles or sharps should not be brought to the drop-off.

“Leftover medicines pose serious safety and health threats and also raise environmental concerns,” Sheriff Provenzano said. “Prescription-drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States. Among youth, seven of the top 10 abused substances are pharmaceuticals.  Also, medicine flushed down the drain or toilet can contaminate bodies of water, harm wildlife and end up in drinking-water supplies.”

For more information about the Sheriff’s Office drop-off program, contact Sheriff’s Officer Thomas Wallace at 908-231-7138.

Source: Somerset County Sheriff’s Office

Date: 11/05/14