Toms River Rite-Aid Pharmacy Workers Rushed to Hospital After “Suspicious” Package Found

empty cardboard box representing christmas presents or general shipping concepts

 TOMS RIVER-A suspicious package, according to police, a box filled with newspaper caused the evacuation of the Route 37 Rite-Aid Pharmacy.   Employees called police after they thought the package contained an unknown, powder-like substance.

Two employees were rushed to Community Medical Center.

According to police, at approximately 1:40 PM on New Years Eve, Toms River Police responded to the Rite Aid located at 1726 Rt. 37 in reference to a suspicious package.

Related News:  Ocean County GOP Boss George Gilmore Pardoned by President Trump

“Upon arrival, employees advised  the responding officers that they opened up a mail package that was delivered to the store and located a newspaper inside. The employees stated that they believed that they may have been exposed to an unknown powder like substance that was either on the newspaper or inside the box,” the department said in a press release prepared by Media Relations Specialist, Jill Messina.  “Preliminary inspection of the package by the New Jersey State Police HAZMAT Unit and the Berkeley Township HAZMAT  Unit deemed the package to be safe.”

The department provided no further information on the ordeal.


The content of this message was created by a public government entity. This message was published on behalf of the issuing government entity, content creation paid for by public tax dollars. Shore News Network makes no claims to the accuracy of the information posted in this story.  Shore News Network provides this service to the community and the associated government entity free of charge as a community service.  Shore News Network does not endorse or support any statements, persons or entities in this article. For more information about this story, please contact the appropriate agency’s designated public information officer employee. Shore News Network does not profit or benefit from the republishing of this message.

Related News:  Federal court restrains Toledo pharmacy and two pharmacists from dispensing opioids or other controlled substances