Source: New Jersey Hills.com
MADISON: The police department has collected more than a ton of expired or unused prescription drugs as of Jan. 23 in its “MedReturn” box, which was donated by Morris County Prevention is Key.
The box is stationed in the department’s lobby at 62 Kings Road and allows people to anonymously dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The department, in conjunction with Morris County Prevention is Key, has been accepting the medication on a permanent basis since June 2013. Since its inception the box has been emptied 54 times with an unofficial weight of 2,222 pounds. “That is a lot of medication that has been disposed of safely and kept out of waterways and landfills,” said Police Chief Darren Dachisen.
“Collecting over 1 ton of medication in our department alone shows the enormous amount of medication that is out there. This program affords our citizens with an environmentally sound disposal option — which lowers the chances of diversion.”
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 6.5 million people older than 11 used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in 2013. That’s more than cocaine (1.5 million), hallucinogens (1.3 million) and heroin (681,000) combined.
Residents and non-residents can bring their medications to the Madison Police Headquarters at 62 Kings Road, at the corner of Kings Road and Prospect Street.
For information, call Detective Sgt. Paul Kosakowski at (973) 593-3007.
READINGTON TWP. – Acupuncture is an ancient practice that involves the insertion of very thin needles into a patient’s skin at specific points on the body. Acupuncture can be used to treat migraines, blood pressure, insomnia, allergies and even aid in weight loss.
The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers will offer the “Benefits of Acupuncture” seminar from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, in Whitehouse Station, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in Clinton Township. This program is free and participants will receive a guest pass to be used at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers.
For more information, visit wellness.hunterdonhealthcare.org or integrativemedicine.hunterdonhealthcare.org.