MPDPillDrop_063013_it_tif_.jpgPhoto: Millburn Police Detective Ed de la Fuente checks out the drop box custom-designed and painted by Millburn High School Senior Lilly Blum, right. The box is accessible 24 hours a day in the lobby of police headquarters on Essex Street to provide residents with a safe way to get rid of old or unused prescriptions and drugs. Photo courtesy of The Partnership for Drug Free

Raising awareness about prescription drug abuse and building a safe and healthy community are the key goals of a joint project between the Millburn Police Department, the Millburn Municipal Alliance Committee, the Partnership for a Drug Free NJ and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team: The Essex Prevention Coalition.

The Municipal Alliance Committee, or MMAC, urges families to take a look at what is in their medicine cabinet or kept in the household that is unused, unnecessary or expired and dispose of them properly. Seventy percent of people who abuse prescription medicine get access to the drugs in the household medicine cabinet of family or friends. Residents also need to overcome the perception of low risk that is associated with these types of drugs when they are not used properly and as prescribed: teens who experiment with these types of drugs often face great risk. Senior citizens may mistakenly take pills or abuse prescription medications.

Residents will now have access to a drop box 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the lobby of the Millburn Police Department. People may drop off any old and unused prescriptions or over the counter medicines with no questions asked. Using the drop box not only keeps drugs out of the wrong hands, but it also protect the environments by disposing of used, unwanted or expired medications and prescriptions in a safe place.

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