The Borough of Sayreville is pleased to announce our participation in Project Medicine Drop. This initiative of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in conjunction with Sayreville Police Department will provide residents with a secure, environmentally sound manner of disposing of unused and expired medications 24 hours a day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.
Members of the public can anonymously drop of medications in the Project Medicine Drop Box located in the Sayreville Police Department, 1000 Main St., Sayreville, NJ 08872. Taking advantage of this program can help prevent unused medication from falling into the hands of those who might abuse them and it keeps them from being flushed into our water supply.
Importance of Safe Disposal of Medication
It is imperative that everyone take responsibility to ensure that unused and expired medications are disposed of properly. Improper storage and disposal can lead to accidental overdose or abuse. In fact, the U.S.. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that prescription painkiller overdose now kills more people in the United States than heroin and cocaine COMBINED. Abuse is also a growing trend among teens who mistakenly believe prescription drugs are "safer" than illegal drugs. Many of these teens go on to become addicted and some even turn to heroin use. For more information and tips on how to keep your loved ones safe, please see our brochure.
Environmental Risks of Improper Disposal of Medication
When medications are thrown into the garbage or flushed down the sink or toilet, they make break down or dissolve into to the soil or water supply. Although the concentration levels of these products may be very low, it could potentially be enough to harm environment and possibly effect human health, particularly vulnerable populations like infants, pregnant women, the elderly and children. There are also concerns that antibiotics in the environment could contribute to antibiotic resistance, making it more difficult to treat infections.