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2,742 Pounds of Unwanted Medicines Collected in 2017

Post Date:01/12/2018 12:21 PM

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano lauds county residents who have enthusiastically embraced the many medicine-drop opportunities offered throughout the year.

In 2017, 2,742 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medicines were collected through the Sheriff’s Office drop box, “national take-back” events, drive-thru events and events hosted at senior centers across the county.  Since 2010, close to 12,283 pounds have been dropped off by county residents.

“The Somerset County community has consistently stepped up and taken a proactive approach toward protecting the environment and their loved ones,” said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano. “The success of these programs is a testament to their commitment. We can’t thank our residents enough for taking time to periodically purge medications from around their homes,” he said. 

“According to a national study, 70 percent of people who reported using prescription drugs for nonmedical use in the past year got those medicines from a home medicine cabinet, friend or relative,” said Sheriff Provenzano.  “Thanks to our residents’ enthusiastic efforts, the incidence of this happening has been reduced substantially in our county.”

Drop-off events prevent unused or expired medications from being flushed down toilets and sinks or discarded in landfills, which can lead to potential contamination of groundwater and/or wastewater treatment plants. They also keep drugs out of the hands of people susceptible to substance abuse and prevent accidental poisoning by children.

In addition to scheduled drop-off events, residents wishing to dispose of medications year-round can do so by dropping them off at the Sheriff’s Office medicine collection drop box, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The drop box is located in the lower level of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, near the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Drug-collection programs, which are free and anonymous -- no questions asked -- have proved to be a huge success in Somerset County,” said Sheriff Provenzano. 

For more information regarding medicine collection in Somerset County, contact Capt. Steve SanAntonio at 908-231-7168, Sheriff’s Officer Nick Fazio at 908-231-7140, ext. 9 or click here.

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