WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Residents can drop off expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications 24/7 in the Woodland Park Police Department lobby.

Installed through the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program under the leadership of the Borough's Municipal Alliance Against Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the free, safe medication disposal drop box allows residents to help reduce the chances of accidental or intentional misuse by disposing of medications in an environmentally-friendly manner.

The box accepts solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, inhalers, and pet medications. No syringes or liquids are accepted.

Among adolescents, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the commonly abused illicit drugs by high school seniors. Seventy percent of 12th graders said that prescription narcotics were given to them by a friend or relative for nonmedical use (NIDA, 2011). In addition, prescription medications have become the leading cause of accidental childhood poisonings.