FirstEnergy Park Serves as Medicine Drop Off Spot Tuesday
First Energy Park in Lakewood joins the battle against prescription drug abuse. They've partnered with the Ocean County Health Department and the DART Coalition of the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention to host a prescription drug drop-off event before the Blueclaws game Tuesday night.
DART Director Robert Goldschlag says "we're gonna have a table outside of each of the two entrances so that if an individual doesn't want to see the ball game, they don't even have to go in, they can drop off their unused, unwanted prescriptions."
Goldschlag says the special thing about Tuesday is that it's Senior Night at First Energy Park. He says Seniors are a very important population for medicine drop off events like these. "I discovered from talking with so many Seniors that they really have no idea about the risk of not properly storing them or disposing of them poses to the youth."
Goldschlag says the medicines will be taken for incineration by Ocean county law enforcement officials. The drop off event runs from 6 p.m. To 7:30.
However, if you can't make it to the event there are three permanent drug drop-off boxes in Ocean County which are available 27 hours a day, 7 days a week located at the Toms River, Seaside Heights and Lacey Township Police Departments. Goldschlag says that Manchester will soon have a permanent drop-off box and Lakewood Township has submitted an application to become a permanent medicine drop-off location.