According to neighborhoodscout.com Trenton, N.J. has a population of 84,913 and it has a crime index of 11 – 100 being the safest. If you lived in New Jersey you have a 1 in 324 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime and if you lived in Trenton, N.J. you have a 1 in 70 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Just recently Trenton had 15 murders, 14 rapes, 500 robberies and 671 assaults. Not surprisingly, nearby Edison drug rehabs are also kept quite busy. These figures are collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies. For every one thousand residents there will be 45 who will be a victim. It is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. Although it is number 31 on the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.
Nj.com is reporting today April 19, 2012 that state officials are doubling the number of places in New Jersey to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. Covanta Energy Corp, a Morristown-based waste-to-energy and renewable energy company is agreeing to destroy the prescription drugs for free. Attorney General Jeffery Chiesa said, “This initiative, called Project medicine Drop, will expand to locations at the Cherry Hill Police Department, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Lower Township Police Department and the Toms River Police Department.
The state Division of Consumer Affairs installs lockable, metal boxes at select police and sheriff’s offices. So anyone can dispose of unused prescription drugs at any time and no one will ask questions. Of course there is a goal for this program and it is to get unused prescription drugs out of household medicine cabinets. Some of these medicines are found by teenagers who then abuse them.
This whole idea started in November of last year with locations in Little Falls, Seaside Heights and Vineland. Chiesa said, “Residents turned in far more drugs than expected, and the departments were faced with the high cost of having to dispose of them.” Covanta has agreed to accept the drugs and destroy them. This company does this in other states as well and their process is approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
It seems like the officials in Trenton are doing a good deed to fight the war on drugs. Many other cities in these United States are doing the same. Drugs harm our communities in many ways. If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the prescription drug rehabs where they can detox and withdraw in a safe and natural way. Something can be done about it.