MADISON, NJ - The Madison Police Department is proud to announce that as of January 23, 2017 there has been over a ton of expired or unused prescription drugs collected in the “MedReturn” box which was donated by Morris County Prevention is Key. The box is stationed in the lobby of the Police Department and allows people to anonymously dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Police Department, in conjunction with Morris County Prevention is Key, has been accepting the medication on a permanent basis since June of 2013. Since its inception the box has been emptied 54 times with an unofficial weight of 2222 pounds. That is a lot of medication that has been disposed of safely and kept out of waterways and landfills!

Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen said, “Collecting over 1 ton of medication in our department alone shows the enormous amount of medication that is out there. This program affords our citizens with an environmentally sound disposal option which lowers the chances of diversion”.

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Prescription drug abuse continues to be a growing problem and has been labeled by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an epidemic.

Some alarming stats include:

An estimated 52 million Americans use prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons at least once in their lifetimes – with some using prescription drugs for recreational purposes.

  • Deaths by overdoses involving prescription painkillers quadrupled since 1999.

  • Every day, about 50 Americans die from prescription painkiller overdoses.

  • Every year, prescription painkillers cause more than 16,000 deaths and 475,000 emergency room visits.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 6.5 million people above the age of 11 used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in 2013. That’s more than cocaine (1.5 million), hallucinogens (1.3 million) and heroin (681,000) combined.

Residents and nonresidents can bring their medications to the Madison Police Headquarters located at 62 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940 (corner of Kings Road and Prospect Street) or find a local collection site on  www.americanmedicinechestchallenge.com or www.safehealthymorris.org.

For further information contact D/Sgt. Paul Kosakowski at 973-593-3007.