Drop Box for Unused Medicine Now Available 24/7 in Ocean City

first_imgThe Ocean City Police Department announced last week that it has joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative, and has installed a Project Medicine Drop Box at police headquarters.The box makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Ocean City residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.“Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Ocean City. It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications,” Ocean City Police Chief Chad Callahan said.The department’s new Project Medicine Drop Box is located at 835 Central Avenue. Residents may visit the Ocean City Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to dispose of their unused medications.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 pain killers.Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug 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 www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop.— News release from the Ocean City Police Departmentlast_img read more

Caffeine High.

first_imgIf coffee lovers want to get that morning caffeine jolt at thecoffee pot, they first have to survive the sticker shock at thegrocery store.Drought and poor flowering in Brazilian coffee trees has pricessoaring. In Atlanta, the price of a 26-ounce bag is approaching$6. There’s no relief in sight, says a University of Georgiaeconomist.”Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world,” said BillThomas, an agricultural economist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Its production will bedown an estimated one-third from last year.”Short Supply, High DemandWhile 1999 was a record production year for Brazil, Thomas saysmarkets were unable to maintain the low prices.”Once you have a record year, usually the next year will go down,and that’s what happened,” Thomas said. “We expect production todrop from 36 million (60-kilogram, or 132-pound) bags last year to 24 million bags this year.”Coffee drinkers can expect to continue to pay more for some time.The crop is harvested annually. “If we miss one harvest, we haveto wait a full year for another harvest and for supply to catchup with demand,” Thomas said.”Brazil is just recovering from the damage their trees sufferedin 1994,” he said. “Most of the damage seems to be to fruit,rather than the trees, so production could come back as early asnext year.”Until production comes back to build up the supply — or peoplestop drinking coffee, to lower the demand — expect prices toremain high.”There aren’t a lot of alternatives for the coffee market,”Thomas said. “Brazil produces such a high percentage of thehigh-quality beans. Colombia and other South American countriesdo produce coffee, but Brazil is a major exporter. When Brazilhas a problem, everybody in the world knows about it.”last_img read more

On Credit Union Compliance: 11 vendor management resources

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Managing credit union vendor relationships continues to be complicated for two reasons. One is the increasing complexity of the vendor relationships themselves. Credit unions need to work with a variety of vendors, and sometimes even hire vendors that rely on other vendors to support a particular function or member service. The second reason vendor relationship management is tricky is increased and changing regulator scrutiny of vendor relationships; what is OK during a CU’s current exam might not be OK during the next one.And there’s no question that it’s not easy to ascertain whether an outside provider is truly compliant. The six documents below come editor-recommended for being content rich. Hopefully, reviewing them will help you discern the lay of the land in the vendor compliance management arena (including the key role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)—and help you develop thoughtful steps you can take with your vendor compliance management efforts.Articles about the Regulatory History“A Significant Change in the Regulatory Oversight of Third-Party Relationships”By John ReVeal and Judie Rinearson of the Bank Bryan Cave law firmIn recent years it has become quite obvious that the bar has been raised on how banks relate to their third-party processors, program managers and other service providers. continue reading »last_img read more