In May of 2019, the Matawan Police Department announced their participation in the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative, installing a Project Medicine Drop Box at police headquarters.
By joining this initiative, Matawan PD makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Matawan Borough residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which is often fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.
“Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Matawan Borough. It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications” said Matawan Police Chief Thomas J. Falco Jr.
The department’s new Project Medicine Drop Box is located at Matawan Police Headquarters, 150 Main Street, Matawan. Residents may visit the Matawan Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications.
Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.
Through this initiative, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at State Police barracks, sheriff’s offices and police departments throughout the state, including two military installations and several college campuses, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess or expired prescription medications.
Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked. Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.