PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's police department will bring its Project Medicine Drop box to the Plainfield Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. The Project Medicine Drop box program provides residents with the opportunity to safely dispose of unused prescription medications.
The initiative coincides with the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans have misused controlled prescription drugs.
Closer to home, according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office Intel Unit, as of July 12, almost one in ten, or 8.3 percent, of the 133 Narcan deployments in Union County took place in Plainfield; county numbers are down from 316 in 2018. Overdose fatalities are down from 133 to 31.
The Plainfield Senior Citizens Center is located at 400 East Front St. Unused and old prescriptions can also be disposed of at the Plainfield Police Department, located at 200 East 4th St.
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