Summit Police set up permanent ‘Drop Box’ for unwanted medications

SUMMIT — Area residents may now dispose of unused prescription drugs 24/7, 365 days a year thanks to Project Medicine Drop.

In cooperation with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, the Summit Police Department now has a permanently installed drop box in the Atrium of City Hall where members of the public may deposit unwanted medications with no questions asked.

These drugs will be in the custody of the police department and disposed of according to normal procedures for the destruction of controlled dangerous substances.

“The statistics concerning prescription drug abuse are stunning,” said Summit Police Chief Robert Weck. “For example, the Drug Enforcement Administration reports that prescription drugs are responsible for more overdose deaths than ‘street drugs’ such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.”

“In the past we have worked with the DEA and their National Take Back Initiative to provide single-day opportunities to drop off unused drugs. Judging by the number of people who call us regarding drug disposal opportunities, I believe having a permanent site will be welcome news to the residents of Summit and those in our neighboring communities.”