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Scotch Plains Police Department Launches Project Medicine Dropbox to Combat Drug Abuse

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Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley disposes expired pills and medication at the new Project Medicine Dropbox located at the Police Station. Credits: Sean Conklin
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In an effort to curb pill and painkiller abuse, the Scotch Plains Police Department has launched the Project Medicine Dropbox for expired medications in pill form only. 

For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Dropbox can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers and similar objects. No liquids, medical waste, or syringes are allowed. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should consult their doctor or pharmacists to identify the best way of getting rid of them. 

"Once a medication is placed in the box, it cannot be retrieved at any time," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley.  "Double check the medications you are depositing to make sure you are not putting any current medications in."

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"Prescription painkiller abuse is a problem. Sometimes pills are given out at parties, and kids will take them without knowing what they are," Conley added. "The Medicine Dropbox enables the drugs to be disposed of properly."

The collection box is located at the Scotch Plains Police Department at 430 Park Ave. Residents have access to the Medicine Dropbox 24/7. During regular weekday hours, Municipal Building is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After hours, residents can use the intercom at the side entrance of the building to gain entry into the building.

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