Prescription Drug Drop Boxes are now located across Camden County to provide residents with a free and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and prevent these potentially dangerous expired and unused prescription drugs to fall into the wrong hands.
“Everyone should check their medicine cabinet for unwanted prescription drugs that expire and become permanent fixtures in bathrooms throughout the county,” said Freehold Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “We recognize the importance of having a safe and legal way to dispose of these substances, and are working in cooperation with every municipality in Camden County to identify drop-off sites.”
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.
“As a mother, educator and elected official, the addiction crisis in Camden County is one of my biggest concerns. Prescription drugs have become the number one abused substance by young people because they are accessible and go fairly undetected.” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Parents and grandparents become the unwitting supplier of these dangerous substances. Please keep your medicine cabinet locked to protect other members of your household.”
In addition, the Camden County Health Department always reminds residents to keep their prescriptions safe and locked away. Having a secure place for storage of these medications is an important issue in order to keep them out of the hands of children so they are not abused.
If you or a loved one needs help please call our 24/7 toll-free confidential hotline for addiction help at 877-266-8222.