BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ - Too often drug problems begin from the home medicine cabinet.

In June 2011, the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation reported that "a growing number of young people are abusing prescription drugs, and noted a significant trend in which the practice has led to increases, not only in the number of young people addicted to painkillers, but to the number of young people using heroin as well.”

These addictions can possibly be prevented by locking up cabinets and getting rid of leftover prescriptions in a careful way.

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The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has created the “Project Medicine Drop” where you can properly dispose of your pharmaceutical drugs. Secured drop boxes are available in local police departments 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout New Jersey.

Drop off of unneeded and expired medications are done anonymously, no questions asked.

The Long Beach Township Police Department announced today on their Facebook page that the Barnegat Light Post Office will also be featuring the Project Medicine Drop.

They posted at 10 a.m. this morning:

Happening now! Project Medicine Drop at the Barnegat Light Post Office! Come drop off your expired, unused or unwanted over-the-counter or prescription medications.

The other local locations you can also go to dispose of prescription drugs are:

Stafford Township Police Department

260 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050

(609) 597-8581

Harvey Cedars Police Department

7606 Long Beach Boulevard Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008              

(609) 494-3036

Long Beach Township Police Department

6805 Long Beach Boulevard Long Beach Township, NJ 08008

(609) 494-3322

More information can be found at:http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/Pages/default.aspx