Mayor Michael J. Gonnelli and the Town Council would like to direct your attention to the Secaucus Coalition for a Healthy and Drug-Free Community. The Coalition is a volunteer and staff-run organization with a mission to raise awareness and reduce the negative impacts of alcohol and prescription drug abuse among youth in Secaucus.

Coalition members are looking to expand their membership at their upcoming monthly meetings in the New Year. The Coalition meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at 145 Front Street, located on the 3rd floor. While members from any sector are welcome, the Coalition is especially looking to recruit those from the small business/media sectors, civic/volunteer groups and parents.

Karena Malko, the Coalition Coordinator, is always looking to work with other organizations in Town to prevent substance abuse and keep our community safe. Their most recent campaign, in collaboration with the Secaucus Police Department, aims to promote the Rx drug drop box for prescription disposal and over-the-counter medications. Karena shared, “Many times people think it is safe to dispose of medicine by flushing it down our toilet, when in fact it is actually very harmful to our water supply.” The safest way to get rid of expired and unused prescriptions is by using the drop box located at 1203 Paterson Plank Road. The drop box is a safe and anonymous way to dispose of medications, which can help prevent abuse and misuse of these drugs. Be sure to check out our “Most Wanted” advertisements for this campaign on Channel 36.

If you would like to learn more about the Coalition and see a video from a recent Town Hall meeting, please visit www.drugfreesecaucus.org or contact Karena at (201) 330-2000, ext. 3164.