The Lacey Township Police Department is proud to announce that the “Project Medicine Drop” box in the lobby of police headquarters has resulted in the collection and proper disposal of nearly 3,000 pounds of medication since its installation in February of 2013. The box provides residents with a method to properly dispose of unwanted medication in a safe and legal manner.
2015 1,309 pounds
2014 926 pounds
2013 723 pounds
The success of the program is due to the increasing participation by township residents to responsibly dispose of expired medications. Once dropped in the box, the bulk quantity of medications accumulated is weighed and then transported to one of two designated incinerator facilities in either Newark or Rahway, New Jersey.
Lacey Township residents may bring their unwanted medication to the lobby of police headquarters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and simply drop the medication into the clearly marked drop box without any other steps necessary. NO syringes and NO liquids may be dropped, as they are NOT permitted. The drop box is for medication only. No other unwanted items are permitted in the box.
Although residents may be most comfortable emptying their pills (while in the lobby) into a single, unmarked plastic bag before dropping them into the receptacle, the program allows for the resident to drop the pills in their original container and/or box.
The program is anonymous and no record will be made of individual identities related to the discarded medication. Residents simply need to enter headquarter, drop the medications in the designated box, and leave without checking in with police dispatch.
The box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
– Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D.