Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2016

Truck Fans Can Explore Emergency Vehicles at Summer Arts Festival Finale this Wednesday

Union County EMS ambulancesConcert-goers can also bring unwanted medications for the “Project Medicine Drop”safe disposal program

Union County, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival free outdoor music series holds its final event this Wednesday evening, August 24 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, with a performance by the Billy Joel inspiration band New York State of Mind – and much more.

The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with an opportunity for children and adults to climb aboard the county’s Hazmat trucks and Bomb Squad trucks, an ambulance, a motorcycle and ATVs, hosted by the Union County Department of Public Safety. McGruff the crime dog will be on hand to talk about safety and crime prevention.

The Public Safety display will include a secure medication disposal drop box. Concert goers are invited to clear their medicine chests of any old or unwanted medications and bring them to the concert for safe disposal.

“Wednesday’s event is a convenient opportunity to remove potential hazards from your home, by disposing of your unwanted medications in a secure and environmentally safe manner,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The Freeholder Board is very proud to support Project Medicine Drop.”

As always, the pre-concert activities include a free public yoga session beginning at 6:30 along with food and snack trucks. The music will start promptly at 7:30.

The Summer Arts Festival is presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and sponsored by Whole Foods of Clark.

For more information about upcoming events and activities in all Union County parks, visit ucnj.org/parks or call the Parks Reservation Desk, 908-527-4900.

Project Medicine Drop is a statewide program of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, which provides this description:

Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney general’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.

Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at police departments, sheriff’s offices, and State Police Barracks across new Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused excess or expired prescription medications.

Members of the public are invited to visit the Project  Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked.  Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

By giving New Jerseyans a safe and secure method to dispose of unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop helps prevent the abuse of these drugs.  This initiative also protects New Jersey’s environment by keeping these drugs out of landfills and out of the water supply.  More information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found at njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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