New Rx Box Installed in Tewksbury

Local Girl Scout partners with Safe Communities Coalition, Prosecutor Kearns and Police Chief Holmes

To keep drugs off the streets in Tewksbury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Flemington NJ - December 19, 2013) - We may want to deny it but the sad truth is that prescription (Rx) drug abuse is in our county and in our schools. One local teen wanted to make a difference to help keep these drugs out of her community.

Allie (Alexandra) Nichole Obszanski is a 15 year old sophomore at Voorhees High School and a member of the Safe Communities Youth Coalition (YC). Allie chose as her Girl Scout Gold Award Project to have a permanent Rx box installed in her hometown of Tewksbury. The installation of a permanent Rx drug disposal unit in Tewksbury is a big step in that direction. "My main reason for pursuing this project was that I wanted to help save lives by stopping illegal drug abuse through the abuse of prescription drugs," said Allie. Allie is also working on educating the community and encouraging them to dispose of their drugs in a responsible fashion.

In partnership with Allie through her Gold Award Project and the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon/Somerset Counties (Coalition), a permanent Rx drop-off box was purchased and installed in the Tewksbury Township Police Department on Monday, December 16, 2013. Rx drugs that are collected are properly disposed of by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office. A photo is below of the dedication of this box.

Once Allie decided on the Rx box as her Gold Award Project, she reached out to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns and Tewksbury Police Chief Thomas Holmes. Without their willingness to be responsible for the box at the Police Station, this project would not have been possible. "Prosecutor Anthony Kearns and Chief Holmes are truly committed to helping keep the community safe" stated Lesley Gabel, Safe Communities Coalition Project Director, "Their support is truly appreciated."

Allie Obszanski has lived most of her life in Tewksbury; she attended Sawmill, Tewksbury Elementary School, and Old Turnpike School. She joined the Girls Scouts when she was a Daisy in Kindergarten and has been with the same troop, #606, ever since. She is now a high school Senior, working on her Gold Award, which is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can achieve. In addition to being a Girl Scout for ten years, Allie is active in the Key Club, the Youth Coalition which also works towards the prevention of drug abuse, and her church's youth ministry. Allie's other interests are reading, computers, the prevention of cruelty to animals, and spending time with her friends.

For more information on an Rx drop-off box in your area, please click on the Rx button.

Photo Caption: A permanent Rx box has been installed in the Tewksbury Township PD. On hand to dedicate the new box was (from left to right) John J. Kuczynski, Chief of Detectives of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office; Tewksbury Township Administrator Jesse Landon; Lesley Gabel, Project Director, Safe Communities Coalition; Allie Obszanski, Sophomore at Voorhees High School, who initiated this project for her Girl Scout Gold Award; and Tewksbury Township Police Chief Thomas Holmes.

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