In 2013, the Lakewood Township Police Department installed a “Project Medicine Drop” Box to help residents dispose of unused medications and to help prevent prescription drug abuse.
LPD now makes it easier and more convenient that ever for Lakewood Township residents to take an act role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.
Project Medicine Drop is a great addition to our commitment to improving the public safety and quality of life in Lakewood Township. It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications.
Since the programs’ inception, the LPD has participated in the Spring Initiative in which Lakewood Police Officers stand by at township Community Centers while residents “Drop Off” their unused or expired medications for those who are unable to make it into town.
The department’s Project Medicine Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Lakewood Police Department, 231 Matlosz Way, NJ 08701. Residents may visit the Lakewood Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications.
Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.
Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at police departments, sheriff’s offices, and State Police barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess, or expired prescription medications.
Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop site and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked. Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.