BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department has announced it has joined the New Jersey Attorney General's "Project Medicine Drop" initiative, and installed a Project Medicine Drop box at police headquarters, on Commons Way.

According to a release, this makes it more convenient for residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, often fueled by the abuse of prescription pain killers.

Project Medicine Drop, Chief Al Nicaretta said in the release, will encourage residents to be aware of the potential for abuse by prescription medications, and allow residents to have a proper way of disposing of them.

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Residents can visit the Bridgewater Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to dispose of unused, expired or unused medications. The program is a component of the NJ Attorney General's effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.

Through this statewide initiative, the state's Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure prescription drug drops at police departments, sheriff's offices and state police barracks around New Jersey, allowing citizens to dispose of the medications. Members of the public can visit the sites and drop off any medications anonymously and with no questions asked.

According to the release, by providing all residents a safe and secure method to dispose of the unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop is helping prevent the abuse of the drugs. It also keeps the environment clean by keeping the drugs out of landfills and the water supply.

For more information and a complete list of drop off locations, visit www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.