Law enforcement wants public's help in reducing overdoses

NEWARK - New Jersey law enforcement officials want the public's help in cutting down on the amount of people that overdose on prescription medication.

Police are setting up bins in Little Falls, Seaside Heights and Vineland to collect old or unused prescription drugs. If successful, the project will spread to all 21 New Jersey counties next year. New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced the effort, known as Project Medicine Drop, at a news conference held in Newark today.

Authorities say that deaths attributed to prescription drugs are higher than that of cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined. According to national studies, prescription pills, when not properly disposed of, end up in the hands of teens and other adults who start self-medicating and wind up addicted.

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