78 tons

April 27, 2017 | Number of The Day
Weight of unused prescriptions collected by Project Medicine Drop since 2011

Launched in 2011, Project Medicine Drop had an ambitious goal: stop unused prescription medication from being abused and diverted. It appears to be fulfilling its mission: Since its inception, PMD has collected 157,162 pounds — or just over 78 tons — of unused medications. For 2016 alone, 68,200 thousand pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off at collection locations throughout the state.

As of December 2016, 212 stationary drop boxes and 148 mobile drop boxes have been deployed statewide. Another 25 PMD boxes will be installed in New Jersey this year.