The Manalapan Township Police Department has applied for and received a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators that will be used to help combat the increasing local issues with abuse and misuse of prescription drugs, according to Captain Michael Fountain.
With the grant funds from the NADDI the police department has received and installed a drug drop box in the lobby of the Manalapan Township Municipal Building. The box resembles a mailbox and is available for use by any resident. It is a safe way for residents to dispose of their prescription drugs safely.
Please be sure to remove all labels with identifying information from the bottles before disposal and make sure that the caps are secured tightly, Fountain said. This is an anonymous service and contact with police personnel is not required.
The NADDI Rx Drug Drop Box program, funded by a grant through Endo Pharmaceuticals, addresses a vital public health and safety issue by preventing the misuse of prescription drugs. Studies show that the majority of the prescription drug abusers obtain the medicines from home medicine cabinets of friends and family.
Needles, trash, or liquid are not permitted in the drug box. The prescription drugs may be dropped off during Manalapan Township Municipal Building during business hours on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Additionally, the Manalapan Township Police Department will also be participating in the statewide Operation Take back on Saturday Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 pm at the Manalapan Township Municipal Building.