Area pharmacies are collaborating with Join Together Atlantic County to educate people about proper disposal of unwanted or expired medication.
Starting Feb. 1, coalition members will go to pharmacies in an effort to prevent the misuse of medications, especially opiates, that can contribute to addiction, according to a press release.
Members will provide pharmacies with rack cards, stickers, magnets and posters that provide information about medication disposal as well as information about where to find prescription drop-off boxes throughout Atlantic County.
According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 5 percent of American adolescents suffer from substance abuse, or about 1 in 12 teens. Proper drug disposal can reduce substance abuse, organizers said.
Prescription drop boxes accept pills, capsules, patches and pet medications, and the drugs are properly disposed of through incineration.
Drop boxes are at police departments in Absecon, Atlantic City, Buena, Buena Vista Township, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton, Linwood, Longport, Margate, Mullica Township, Northfield, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor.
Drop boxes also are at the Atlantic County Criminal Court Complex in Mays Landing.
For addresses or more information, call 609-272-0100 or see jtacnj.org.