EDISON, NJ – A new medicine drop box was recently installed at police headquarters as part of the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” imitative.

The new drop box makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Edison residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.

The department’s new Project Medicine Drop Box is located in the first floor lobby at Edison Police Headquarters, 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison, NJ,. Residents may visit the Edison Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications.

“Project Medicine Drop is an excellent addition to further our commitment to improve the public safety and quality of life in Edison,” Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan stated. “It will encourage our residents to be aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications.”

Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.

Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at police departments, sheriff’s offices, and State Police barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess, or expired prescription medications.

Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked. Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

By giving New Jerseyans a safe and secure method to dispose of unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop helps prevent the abuse of these drugs. This initiative also protects New Jersey’s environment by keeping these drugs out of landfills and out of the water supply. More information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop.

For more information, contact: Sgt. Robert Dudash Jr. at 732-248-6442 or at rdudash@edisonpd.org