Bergen County continues to lead the way for New Jersey in the number of "Project Medicine Drop" boxes that allow citizens to dispose of prescription medications anonymously, no questions asked, any time of day.
Bergen has 21 locations ( see below ). The next highest in New Jersey is Ocean County, with 15. Passaic County has nine.
“We are seeing [a] strong and growing demand from New Jersey residents who understand the potential dangers posed by unused medications and who wish to dispose of them safely and securely,” acting state Attorney General John J. Hoffman recently said.
Covanta Energy, a nationwide operator of energy-from-waste and renewable energy facilities, destroys the dropped-off medications at no cost to taxpayers or to the participating departments.
Before this, most people flushed their unused prescription drugs down the toilet, threw them in the trash, or kept them in the household medicine cabinet. This contaminated the water supply, helped start and feed habits — often for children — and tempted thieves.
The medication can either be disposed of in its original container or be removed and placed in the disposal box.
Liquids should be disposed of in the original container -- with the cap tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, authorities warn.
"Project Medicine Drop" is sponsored by more than 100 police departments, sheriff’s offices and State Police barracks in New Jersey.In Bergen:
• Allendale Police, 500 West Crescent Ave.• Cliffside Park Police, 525 Palisade Ave.• Dumont Police, 50 Washington Ave.• Edgewater Police, 55 River Rd.• Fair Lawn Police, 8-01 Fair Lawn Ave.• Franklin Lakes Police, 490 De Korte Dr.• Little Ferry Police, 217 Liberty St.• Leonia Police, 1 Wood Park• Lodi Police, 1 Memorial Drive• Lyndhurst Police, 367 Valley Brook Ave.• Montvale Police, 12 Mercedes Dr.• Oakland Police, 295 Ramapo Valley Rd.• Palisades Park Police, 275 Broad Ave.• Paramus Police, 1 Carlough Dr.• Park Ridge Police, 33 Park Ave.• Ramsey Police, 25 N. Central Ave.• Ridgefield Police, 604 Broad Ave.• River Vale Police, 334 River Vale Rd.• Teaneck Police, 900 Teaneck Rd.• Tenafly Police, 100 Riveredge Rd.• Washington Township Police, 350 Hudson Ave.• Waldwick Police, 15 E Prospect St.• Westwood Police, 101 Washington Ave.