Bergenfield PD Boosts Number Of Bergen Medicine Drop Boxes To State-Best 35

BERGENFIELD, N.J. -- Bergenfield this week gave Bergen County a state-leading 35 police departments offering a round-the-clock, no-questions-asked "Project Medicine Drop" box for citizens to dump the type of prescription painkillers that help feed the opiate epidemic.

(Left to right): Bergenfield Police Capt. Mustafa Rabboh, Doug Collier of the state Division of Consumer Affairs, Police Chief Cathy Madalone.

(Left to right): Bergenfield Police Capt. Mustafa Rabboh, Doug Collier of the state Division of Consumer Affairs, Police Chief Cathy Madalone.

Photo Credit: COURTESY: Bergenfield PD


The second-highest number of drop boxes in New Jersey is in Ocean County -- 19.

Passaic County has a dozen locations, including three provided by County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik -- two in Paterson, one in Wayne.

Project Medicine Drop helps improve public safety and a town's quality of life by encouraging residents to be be fully aware of "the potential for abuse" presented by "unused, excess or expired" prescription drugs, Bergenfield Police Chief Cathy Madalone said.

Her department's Project Medicine Drop box is located at police headquarters at 198 N. Washington Ave. Like the others, it's available 24/7/365.

Before this, most people flushed their unused prescription drugs down the toilet, threw them in the trash, or kept them in the household medicine cabinet. This contaminated the water supply, helped start and feed habits — often for children — and tempted thieves.

The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, authorities warn.

With "Project Medicine Drop," the medication can either be disposed of in its original container or be removed and placed in the disposal box.

Liquids should be disposed of in the original container -- with the cap tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

Covanta Energy, a nationwide operator of energy-from-waste and renewable energy facilities, destroys the dropped-off medications at no cost to taxpayers or to the participating departments.

Bergen County Project Medicine Drop Box Locations:

Allendale Police 290 Franklin Turnpike (201) 825-1900

Bergenfield Police 198 N. Washington Ave. (201) 387-4000

Bogota Police 375 Larch Ave. (201) 487-2400

Carlstadt Police 500 Madison St. (201) 438-4300

Cliffside Park Police 525 Palisade Ave. (201) 945-3600

Dumont Police 50 Washington Ave. (201) 387-5000

Edgewater Police 55 River Road (201) 943-2200

Englewood Police 75 South Van Brunt St. (201) 871-6400

Fair Lawn Police 8-01 Fair Lawn Ave. (201) 796-1400

Fort Lee Police 1327 16th St. (201) 592-3700

Garfield Police 411 Midland Ave. (973) 478-8500

Hillsdale Police 308 Hillsdale Ave. (201) 664-4200

Ho-Ho-Kus Police 55 Sycamore Ave. (201) 652-1700

Little Ferry Police 217 Liberty St. (201) 641-2770

Leonia Police 1 Wood Park (201) 944-0800

Lodi Police 1 Memorial Drive (973) 473-7600

Lyndhurst Police 367 Valley Brook Ave. (201) 939-4509

Maywood Police 15 Park Ave. (201) 845-8800

Montvale Police 12 Mercedes Drive (201) 391-4600

Oakland Police 295 Ramapo Valley Road (201) 337-6171

Palisades Park Police 275 Broad Ave. (201) 944-0900

Paramus Police 1 Carlough Drive (201) 262-3400

Park Ridge Police 33 Park Ave. (201) 391-5400

Ramsey Police 25 North Central Ave. (201) 327-2400

Ridgefield Police 604 Broad Ave. (201) 943-5210

River Edge Police 705 Kinderamack Road (201) 262-1233

River Vale Police 334 River Vale Road (201) 664-2346

Saddle Brook Police 63 Market St. (201) 843-7000

Teaneck Police 900 Teaneck Road (201) 837-2600

Tenafly Police 100 Riveredge Road  (201) 568-5100

Washington Township Police 350 Hudson Ave. (201) 664-1140

Waldwick Police 15 E Prospect St. (201) 652-5700

Wallington Police 54 Union Boulevard (973) 473-1715

Westwood Police 101 Washington Ave. (201) 664-7000

Wyckoff Police 340 Franklin Ave. (201) 529-1000

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