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By Sara Verrillo, Digital Media Specialist
Disposing of medicine safely is an integral part of
preventing both pollution and addiction.
According to a recent article,
“more Americans are dying from opioids than at any time in recent history.” As rates of addiction continue to rise, it’s
more important than ever to ensure proper steps are taken to dispose of
The safest and most environmentally friendly way to dispose
of medication is through local take-back and drop-off programs that are
available at local police stations.
here to see drop box locations in Atlantic County.
Medicine dropped off here is securely monitored and later destroyed
using high-temperature incineration at a permitted facility.
Residents are encouraged to dispose of all unused or expired
pills, capsules, patches and even pet medicine. Please do not bring liquid
medication or syringes to these drop-off boxes.
Medicine shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet because it
pollutes our waterways. In an
EPA study of water cleaned by 50 wastewater treatment facilities in the U.S.,
scientists found compounds from many popular medications. Ratios were low enough that they wouldn’t
affect human life, but the evidence shows they are polluting the water and disturbing aquatic life.
When thrown in the garbage, medication is susceptible to
being found and used by others. It can also breakdown in the landfill and eventually
contaminate groundwater. Placing medicine in the trash should be a last resort
when take-back programs are not available. If using this method, the Department
of Environmental Protection recommends following these steps:
Join Together Atlantic
County has been helping to place safe disposal boxes in police departments
and municipal buildings throughout the county and can provide them to any interested
Atlantic County town for free. Please contact program coordinator Brian Wilson for more information.
ACUA Environmental Park6700 Delilah RoadEgg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
ACUA Wastewater Treatment Plant1801 Absecon Blvd.Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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