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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.”

anthony ralulci February 22, 2014 at 01:33 PM
All I see is a easy way for the police to get their fix, honestly their is at least one Cop or detective, or whoever else has access to the drugs, just makes it easier for them to get high not everyone in the law enforcement is completely honest and committed to their duties, I say take the pills to any PHARAMCY and let them get rid of them
Frank Kay February 22, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Just flush them down the toilet. Disolved , inert, GONE ! End of pills/powders/liquids. VERIFYABLY safe.
Sue February 22, 2014 at 03:25 PM
WRONG, Frank! Drugs eventually could end up in your drinking water. (Besides, they might make some fish very high.)
Frank Kay February 22, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Parts per million baby! Unless you tap into your neighborhood sewer line for water you're probably be safe.
nick February 23, 2014 at 06:28 AM
So where does all the shit and piss go Sue? In our drinking water! I'm definitely going to start buying bottled water
Mattie February 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM
These programs are BS. For years I've been asking various people involved with these programs "What do the cops do with all the prescription drugs they collect?" I've gotten various answers; "They bring them to the dump". "They burn them". (I doubt that). "They ship them off to the pharmaceutical company..." and "They crush them and flush them". No one was able to give me a definitive answer. If you think ALL cops are clean, have no drug issues, and that NONE of these pills find their way back to the streets.... you're naive. There is no reason to convince people (especially seniors on fixed incomes) that they need to clean out their medicine chests to keep "addicts" from getting to their drugs. That's absolutely ridiculous. The military did a study a few years back that ALL HARD PILLS are still "good" to use for their prescribed purposes for 10 years from expiration date! Ten Years. You pay for meds, if you have extra, keep them. They can be used safely for years.
Marynary February 23, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Yeah the cops are just gobbling up all those second and third hand old pills that could be lace with anything. Get real.
Mattie February 23, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Marynary--- People honest enough and good intentioned enough to gather up their prescription pills and bring them to the cops - for the hyped up reason of keeping them away from 'addicts' lurking outside everyone's bathroom door - they are not bringing them pills laced or tainted with anything. Get real indeed. The vast majority are bringing pills in their original prescription bottle, with their names and personal information on them, as well as pill descriptions. I say if you want to fall for this feel-good nonsense pill gathering program, fine. Take ALL the pills out of all bottles, put them all in one big plastic baggie, seal it, and half crush them with a can of soup or something. Then you can be sure they will be disposed of, instead of taken anywhere else by anyone else.... The question is still - HOW do they dispose of them all? If they are flushing or dumping in trash, WE can do the same thing, can't we? Why do we need the cops to do it, and at the same time give away our personal / medical information? Why should the cops know what meds I take and/or what medical conditions I am being treated for? My medical conditions or medicines I take are no one's business..... we have laws to protect that information.
letsgetreal February 23, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Mattie...your tired... Oh my god the sky is falling the sky is falling...the Police are gonna know that I am taking meds for my paranoid disorder..WHAT???? Not sure but I would bet they do not give a rats A@@ what pills your taking!. God another Conspiracy nut job, well you might as well get in line behind Chief Wahoo.....he is driving the bus you might as well take a seat! LOL
Mattie February 23, 2014 at 09:17 PM
If you think cops are not sifting through to see what kinds of drugs people are dropping off... you're the one not dealing in reality. Oh they aren't interested in anti-biotics, or pills for thyroid conditions or blood pressure... they aren't even interested in your viagra, letsgetreal. :-) But if they happen to see half a bottle of oxies or vicodin, or other "popular" drugs, you can bet your ass they will make a note of where that bottle came from. BTW, my son in law IS a cop... a good, honest, hard working cop in another county. They do this pill drive too. We've talked about it. ;) So don't assume I'm the crazy one.
letsgetreal February 24, 2014 at 07:19 AM
Mattie.... Gimmie a break....another one who only sees the bad in something and not the good.....complain complain complain.....blahhhblahhh blahhh blahhh
Marynary February 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Mattie listen to your peers....we think you are reaching. You said:"But if they happen to see half a bottle of oxies or vicodin, or other "popular" drugs, you can bet your ass they will make a note of where that bottle came from." Now think about it. If that person was abusing drugs would they turn the same drugs into the cops?
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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