(Camden, NJ) – A Prescription Drug Drop Box will be located at the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office from April 11 until May 1 to provide residents with a free and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. The Sheriff’s Office is located at 520 Market Street, Room 100, in Camden.
“It is important to provide a safe and legal way to dispose of these substances, and prevent these potentially dangerous expired and unused prescriptions from getting into the wrong hands,” said Camden County Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson. “I urge you to check your medicine cabinets for unwanted prescription drugs and make sure they are disposed of properly.”
Last year, Americans turned in more than 300 tons of unwanted prescription drugs at over 5,400 drop-off sites across the country. The take-back program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For additional resources, visit the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force website at www.addictions.camdencounty.com. If you or a loved one needs help please call the county’s 24/7 toll-free confidential hotline for addiction help at 877-266-8222.