SEA ISLE CITY — During a news conference Oct. 29, Mayor Leonard Desiderio announced the city has joined the state attorney general’s Project Medicine Drop and has installed a permanent Project Medicine Drop Box on the first floor of City Hall.

The new box, which resembles a traditional mailbox, is available for any resident who wishes to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or unwanted prescription medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By using the drop box, residents will ensure that unused prescription drugs — especially addictive opioids — won’t fall into the wrong hands. 

Cape Assist, an organization dedicated to preventing and treating substance abuse and related issues in Cape May County, provided the funding to purchase Sea Isle’s new drop box. 

Accompanying the mayor during the news conference were Linda Romano McGloin, special assistant to the director of the state Attorney General’s Office / Division of Consumer Affairs; Katie Faldetta, executive director and CEO for Cape Assist; Natalia Wilber, community educator for Cape Assist; Kellie Seib, Sea Isle City municipal alliance coordinator; and Dan Tumolo, president of the Sea Isle City Board of Education. Also in attendance were several members of City Council and officers from the city Police Department. 

Immediately following the news conference, Desiderio led everyone to the lobby of City Hall for the official unveiling of the new medicine drop box, which was immediately put into use by local residents Rocco Santarcangelo, Frank Roach and Diana Perry. 

“Getting unused medications disposed of properly is an important factor that protects youth from future drug abuse,” Faldetta said. “The drop box helps the community remain proactive in the fight against the opioid crisis.” 

“The new drop box will be available every day of the year — and it is very easy to access here in City Hall’s lobby,”  Desiderio said. “We suggest that people remove the labels and any personal information from their prescription containers before using the drop box.”

To learn more about Sea Isle City’s new Project Medicine Drop Box, call 609-263-4311.

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