Did you know that there are now eight (8) prescription (Rx) drop boxes located throughout Hunterdon County? More people are becoming aware of these boxes through their pharmacies, which are providing flyers and/or wallet-sized cards to their patients which list the locations of these boxes. All Rx boxes are located within a law enforcement station and are secured 24/7. Why are these boxes so important? Seventy percent (70%) of people who abuse prescription drugs started by getting the drugs from their friends’ and/or families’ medicine cabinets.
The Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon/Somerset is proud to be partnered with the following pharmacies and police departments, who have been supporting this initiative for more than a year:
|Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office||Clinton ShopRite Pharmacy|
|Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office||Flemington ShopRite Pharmacy|
|Frenchtown Police Department||Flemington Stop n’ Shop Pharmacy|
|Holland Township Police Department||Hunterdon Medical Center Pharmacy|
|Lambertville Police Department||Phillipsburg ShopRite Pharmacy|
|New Jersey State Police, Perryville Station|
|Readington Township Police Department|
|West Amwell Police Department|
To show their appreciation, the Coalition treated staff from each of the above-mentioned organizations to a luncheon on May 4, 2016. The luncheon was held at Hunterdon County Polytech’s Career Café.
“We would like to thank these pharmacies and their staff, and the officers at each of the police departments, for advocating for the prevention of prescription drug abuse and misuse in our county,” said Paige Meade, former chair of the Rx Workgroup for the Coalition, who coordinated the event. “Each pharmacy has implemented policy changes in their facility to ensure safe disposal of unused and expired medications.”
“Hunterdon ShopRite is proud to be part of making our community safer by working with the Safe Communities Coalition,” says Rose Dickison, Lead Pharmacist at the Flemington ShopRite Pharmacy. “Prescription drug abuse is a national problem, and it is definitely here in Hunterdon County. By disposing of the medications that are just sitting in your medicine cabinet at home, everyone can help to keep the community, especially our children, safe from these harmful and highly addictive drugs.”
The Coalition also recognized the support of the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office and Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, who oversee and destroy the medications collected at the permanent Rx drop-boxes located in Hunterdon County. “In the first four months of 2016,
682 lbs. of medications have been collected from the various Rx boxes,” says Amy Menes, current Chair of the Rx Workgroup. “Without the help of the Sheriff and Prosecutor’s offices, these drugs could have fallen into the wrong hands. This huge success is due to the great partnerships between the Coalition, Law Enforcement and Pharmacies in the county.”
About the Coalition: The goal of the Safe Communities Coalition is to live in a safe and healthy community by eliminating drug use, underage drinking and prescription drug abuse. Through wide-spread community collaboration, environmental change, and community education in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, the Safe Communities Coalition will address areas of concern including, but not limited to, reducing Rx drug abuse across the lifespan, underage drinking, tobacco, marijuana, heroin, and other drug use. For more information on the Coalition, visit our website at www.safecoalition.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SafeCommunitiesCoalition, Twitter @HSCoKnowINFO or Instagram at safe_communities.