By David Madden

TRENTON, N. J. (CBS) – Getting rid of unneeded prescription drugs in New Jersey is a little bit easier now that the state has placed secure drop-off boxes in all 21 counties. Eight of those boxes are in South Jersey.

They’re located in police stations in Atlantic City, Mantua, Cherry Hill, Salem, Vineland and Lower Township as well as state police barracks in Red Bank and Woodstown.

Why just the cops?

“Under DEA requirements, those are the individuals who can legally take possession of the unused prescription drugs,” says Eric Kanefsky, acting director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs.

But you can drop expired or excess drugs, anonymously, anytime with no questions asked. They are disposed of by a private company at no cost to the state.

The idea here is to keep them out of the trash, where they can be ripped off, or the toilet which pollutes drinking water.

Plans are to open two new spots early next year in Burlington Township and Stone Harbor.

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