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Posted on: October 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] UPD Installs Project Medicine Drop Box for Safe Drug Disposal

Project Medicine Drop

Mayor Cavadas and the Township Committee joined Police Director Dan Zieser to unveil the Township's first Project Medicine Drop Box, a prescription drug disposal drop box at the Police Headquarters.

In collaboration with the DEA, the Project Medicine Drop Box is a box that allows people to anonymously drop off expired and unused drugs to be disposed of safely. Once dropped off, the Police Department will be able to send them to the DEA to dispose of them according to their normal procedures for the custody and destruction of controlled dangerous substances.

"I think this is a great concept," Mayor Cavadas said. "This is our first step in protecting our children against drugs and I think it's a great opportunity and a great thing that we're doing in town."

The Drop Box is located at the Township of Union Police Headquarters on Caldwell Ave and is available everyday throughout the year for anyone that needs to dispose of drugs in a safe way.

"There's no paperwork needed for it," Police Director Zieser said. "You can just drop off what you need to drop off and continue with your day."

According to NJ Consumer Affairs, there are more than 100 drop boxes throughout the State. In Union County alone there are locations in Rahway, Roselle Park, Elizabeth, and Summit.

For additional information on Project Medicine Drop visit or contact the Natalie Pineiro, Public Information Officer, Township of Union at 908-851-5096 or via email at

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