BAYONNE — Gathered in the lobby of the Police Department, officials last week unveiled a new prescription drop-off box as part of an effort to prevent the abuse of over-the-counter medications.
“It’s keeping unwanted medication out of the homes, and so many people that are suffering with addiction start by experimenting at home … so this is a good avenue to drop it off,” said Erin Delaney of the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug Free Community.
The box will accept unused, unwanted or expired medications such as pills, capsules, patches and pet medications, but will not be a drop-off point for syringes or liquids, officials said.
Police officials recommend removing prescription labels that contain names or personal identifying information before people drop off their prescription containers.
The drop-box initiative is being supported by a number of organizations, including the Bayonne Police Department; the school-based Youth Services Program at Bayonne High School; the Bayonne Municipal Alliance Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse; and the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug Free Community, among other agencies.
Bayonne’s drop-box is the seventh of its kind in Hudson County, Delaney said.
“Up until now, Bayonne residents had to save up medications for special drug disposal days that took place twice a year. Now people can dispose medications safely throughout the year,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said.
Anyone wishing to drop off medications should enter the building on West 27th Street near Avenue C and use the elevator or stairs to the police department on the second floor.
“By utilizing this new drop box, residents can help prevent the abuse of prescription drugs by limiting access to them when they are expired or no longer needed,” Police Chief Drew Sisk said.