The Maplewood Police Department has joined with ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team) and our Township Health Department in announcing the installment of the new Project Medicine Drop Box in Maplewood NJ
The drop box is located in the lobby of the Maplewood Police Department, (1618 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood NJ).
This program and drop box is completely anonymous and available to the public 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
The Drop Box accepts prescription and over the counter medications in pill or capsule form, as well as patches and inhalers. The Drop Box cannot accept any medication in liquid form, medical waste, or syringes.
It is important to keep in mind that only legal medication is accepted into the Drop Box.
Project Medicine Drop is a program that allows residents of Maplewood a safe and secure way to dispose of unwanted/unused medications so that they don't wind up in household garbage and they aren't flushed into the water supply.
Project Medicine Drop was created in an effort to stop the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. According to the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention, prescription painkiller overdoses now kill more people in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined. This program is a step in the right direction for the solution to this problem in New Jersey. The Maplewood Police Department is proud to now join many other agencies in support of this program.
I want to thank Detective Sergeant Michael Palmerezzi and members of the Community Services Bureau for making this happen! I feel that this is an extremely valuable service that we can help provide to our community.
Chief Jim DeVaul