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Hamilton Township PD Acquires Permanent Prescription Drop Box

Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC), a substance misuse prevention coalition has partnered with Hamilton Township Police Department in Atlantic County to help secure a permanent prescription drop box for the public to dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medications.

The box is located inside the police department at 6101 13th St, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 and will be available to the public 24/7.

The prescription drug drop box is located inside the police department. (Photo provided)

Hamilton Township Police Departments Chief Ciambrone and Det. Armitage along with Join together Atlantic Counties, Brian J. Wilson have worked eagerly to provide this much needed service to the local community.

Chief Ciambrone is pleased to be able to work with community outreach organizations, such as Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC) in order to provide resources that assist in reducing the misuse of prescription medication. 

He stated the police department has previously participated in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events and we recognized the need to continuously assist our residents in properly deposing of unused medications.  

Wilson stated that properly securing and disposing of your medications are important steps in helping to prevent the theft and diversion of powerful opioid medications.

Wilson also stated that safely securing and properly disposing of medication is key in helping to extinguish this opioid epidemic.

Permanent drop boxes and the awareness campaigns surrounding them are an important part of reducing the misuse of prescription medication. 

Two in five teenagers believe prescription drugs are “much safer” than illegal drugs. 

Every day in the U.S. 2,500 youths take a prescription pain reliever for the purpose of getting high for the first time. 

Cleaning out medicine cabinets will reduce the number of prescriptions available for abuse.

Wilson commends Chief Ciambrone and Det. Armitage and the entire Hamilton Township Police Department for taking the initiative to help protect our environment and keep our communities safe by offering the public a safe way to dispose of their medications preventing accidental poisoning and substance misuse.

The prescription drop box was purchased by JTAC with funds through New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The prescription drug drop box offers the public a safe way to dispose of their old, unwanted, and expired medications (Photo provided)

For more information about JTAC please visit www.jtacnj.org or call 609-272-0101 ext. 22.

JTAC challenges you to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

  1. Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
  2. Secure your medicine chest.
  3. Properly dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.
  4. Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
  5. Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
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Join Together Atlantic County Works to Help ‘Knock Out’ Opioid Abuse in Atlantic County

Katherine Jaques and Thomas Egan from Buena Regional High School and youth coalition (Stand Up and Rebel) attended the Buena Vista Township committee meeting to have the Proclamation enacted and spoke briefly about what they have been doing to address substance misuse in Atlantic County. (Photo provided)

Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC), a countywide substance misuse prevention coalition, participated in the fifth annual statewide Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, organized by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ).

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, held on October 6 throughout the state, increases awareness of the opioid crisis through a mobilization effort with a focus on educating physicians and raising awareness among New Jersey residents and families.

It is designed to inform residents and health care providers on the steps they can take to stem the epidemic.

JTAC has also shared information and resources from PDFNJ with Athletic Directors, Faith Based Leaders and coalition members to help spread awareness about this initiative in Atlantic County.

JTAC has partnered with municipalities throughout the county to enact Proclamations recognizing October 6th as Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day. As of this date, Buena Vista Township, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Town of Hammonton, City of Linwood, Borough of Longport, City of Margate, Mullica Township, City of Northfield have all enacted Proclamations and additional towns will be forthcoming.

This year’s event, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place almost exclusively in a virtual format on social media and through webinars and other learning opportunities.

In 2019, more than 3,000 people in New Jersey died of a drug overdose, a majority of which involved some form of opioid. These deaths include those who overdosed on heroin, prescription opioids and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is a project of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, in cooperation with the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services; and the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, with help from thousands of volunteers across the state.

The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly has supported the event unanimously approving joint legislation designating October 6 as Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day in New Jersey.

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Bunting Family Pharmacy Acquires Permanent Prescription Drop Box

Bunting Family Pharmacy Owner, and Pharmacist in Charge Josiah Bunting with the permanent prescription drop box. (Photo provided)

Northfield, NJ —  Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC), a substance misuse prevention coalition has partnered with Bunting Family Pharmacy helping them secure a permanent prescription drop box for the public to dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medications.

The box is located inside Bunting Family Pharmacy located at 1337-a, New Rd, Northfield, NJ, 08225. It will be available to the public during normal business hours, which are 9:00AM until 7:00PM Monday through Friday, and from 9:00AM until 4:00PM on Saturday. 

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You may contact Bunting Family Pharmacy at (609) 484-0026 or visit their website at https://buntingfamilypharmacy.com  for additional information.

Bunting Family Pharmacy Owner, and Pharmacist in Charge Josiah Bunting along with Join together Atlantic Counties, Brian J. Wilson have worked diligently to provide this much needed service to the local community.

Since 2008, Bunting Family Pharmacy has been a staple in the Northfield community and has always taken opportunities to give back to the community. 

They are extremely proud to help those looking for a safe way to dispose of unused or unwanted medications.  Wilson stated that properly securing and disposing of your medications are important steps in helping to prevent the theft and diversion of powerful opioid medications.

 Permanent drop boxes and the awareness campaigns surrounding them are an important part of reducing the misuse of prescription medication.  2 in 5 teenagers believe prescription drugs are “much safer” than illegal drugs. 

Every day in the U.S. 2,500 youths take a prescription pain reliever for the purpose of getting high for the first time.  Cleaning out medicine cabinets will reduce the number of prescriptions available for abuse.

Wilson commends Bunting Family Pharmacy for taking the initiative to help protect our environment and keep our communities safe by offering the public a safe way to dispose of their medications.

The prescription drop box waspurchased by JTAC with funds through a DFC (Drug Free Communities) grant from the ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy) and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). 

For more information about JTAC please visit www.jtacnj.org or call 609-272-0101 ext. 22.

JTAC challenges you to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

  • Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
  • Secure your medicine chest.
  • Properly dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.
  • Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
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Join Together Atlantic County Announces Winners of Underage Drinking PSA Contest

Join Together Atlantic County, a countywide substance misuse prevention coalition, recently held an underage drinking PSA contest for students in sixth through eighth grade in Atlantic County.

The contest theme was the dangers of underage drinking or providing alcohol to those under 21.

Three Winners:

  • 1st place, Farhana Siddiquei, 8th grader from Sovereign Avenue School
  • 2nd place, Cynthia Galindo Chavez 7th grader from Texas Avenue School
  • 3rd place, Aleshba Shabbir 7th grader from Texas Avenue School

The winning submissions will be turned into stickers that will be placed on pizza boxes at local pizzerias throughout Atlantic County.

Winners will also receive gift cards to The Walk outlets in Atlantic City. JTAC would like to thank all middle school students who participated in this contest and the powerful messages they created about underage drinking.

The younger a person starts drinking, the more likely he or she is to have alcohol problems later in life. A person who starts drinking as a young teen is four times more likely to become an alcoholic than someone who does not drink until age 21. The brain is still forming in teenagers and teen drinking can cause permanent brain damage. If you really want to fit in, stay sober. Most young people do not drink alcohol. Research shows that more than 70% of youth aged 12 to 20 have not had a drink in the past month. Providing alcohol to those under 21 is illegal and can result in 6 months in the county jail, up to a $1,000.00 fine, and a permanent criminal charge on your record if convicted. However, with it being easy to access the best fake id sites, more and more teenagers are finding it simpler to underage drink, with them being rarely questioned at clubs with such realistic licenses.

By participating in this contest, youth have helped to support Join Together Atlantic County in their mission: “to prevent, reduce and/or delay substance use among youth of Atlantic County in a long term and sustainable manner.” Join Together Atlantic County is located at 626 N. Shore Road in Absecon, NJ.

While underage drinking or possession of alcohol might appear like a simple crime, it carries serious consequences. For this reason, if you ever find yourself charged with under age possession of alcohol, it is in your best interests to contact an Under Age and Alcohol specialist attorney.

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(Source: Media Release)