By: Carly Truett, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern
NORTHFIELD, N.J. — Bunting Family Pharmacy has established a permanent secure drop box for disposal of unwanted, expired, and unused prescription medications. Working with Join Together Atlantic County (JATC), a substance misuse prevention coalition, Bunting Family Pharmacy is now the fifth pharmacy in Atlantic County to offer such services.
The intention of drop box locations is to prevent the misuse of prescription medications. Misuse and abuse of prescription medications can occur when an individual takes medication in a manner other than prescribed, or when medication is diverted to others within or outside of the household. According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 5,200 people aged 12 or older misused prescription painkillers for the first time per day in 2018. Disposing of unused medication helps reduce the number of drugs available for misuse.
JTAC purchased the drop box using funding through a Drug Free Communities Grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and SAMHSA. JTAC works with residents, law enforcement, and community leaders with the goal of preventing and reducing substance use in Atlantic County through long-term, sustainable interventions. More information on JTAC can be found at www.jtacnj.org.
Bunting Family Pharmacy, owned by Dr. Josiah Bunting and operating since 2008, is located at 1337 New Rd #1 in Northfield. The prescription drop can be accessed during normal operating hours, which are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
You can find out more information about the drop box by checking out the pharmacy’s official website, and you can also contact the pharmacy by phone at (609) 484-0026 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.