SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Police Department and Board of Trustees are teaming up with the Essex County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) to teach residents how to properly get rid of unused medications.

There will be a secure lock box at the South Orange Police Headquarters building located at 201 South Orange Ave., where people can drop off any unused medications. To dispose of the medications is simple: they are just placed into the box. Essex County ADAPT purchased and donated the drop box to South Orange.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the dropbox will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at noon, at the South Orange Police Headquarters.

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“We are happy to be able to offer this service to the community because unused and expired prescription medications, like Vicodin and Oxycodone, can find their way from someone’s medicine cabinet back out onto the street,” South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll said in a press release. "Having this safe, secure alternative for drug disposal will make South Orange and surrounding towns that much safer by limiting that supply."

South Orange Village Trustee Walter Clarke added, “Unfortunately the other common tactic for disposal is to flush the prescription medications down the drain but that releases drugs into the wider water system where they can’t all be filtered out by waste treatment plants. Dropping meds in the box really is the best way to go.”

Donna Coallier, Village Trustee and chairperson of the Health and Public Safety committee applauded the ADAPT program for collaborating with South Orange.

"Essex County ADAPT gave us guidance on how to set up the program with our local police department," Coallier said. "The end result will be a healthier and safer South Orange." 

For more specific information on this initiative, go to the South Orange Village website at http://www.southorange.org/dropbox.