Release* Date: November 9, 2009
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: November 9, 2009
Countywide effort to dispose of prescription medicines set for Nov. 14
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today
that police departments throughout
Dubbed ‘’Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey,’’ police in all 25 of the county’s municipalities, and Rutgers University, will be collecting medicines at various locations within the 25 communities and on campus on November 14, 2009, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
In addition, the Monroe Township Police Department will be hosting additional collection days, beginning today, to accommodate its large senior citizen population. (Note to editors: Times, dates and locations are listed below.)
County, state and federal officials urged residents to note the collection locations in their communities and clean out their medicine cabinets.
drugs that are abused are as addictive and as deadly as illegal street drugs,’’
Prosecutor Kaplan said. ‘’
‘’We appreciate that the DEA and Attorney General’s Office recognize the dangers associated with prescription medicines and are providing our residents with a safe way to dispose of those medicines,’’ Prosecutor Kaplan said.
Freeholder Mildred S. Scott, chair of the county’s Law and Public Safety Committee, said, ‘’As a county government, we need to partner with our federal, state and local governing bodies, but we must also work as a team with our residents on this issue. It’s key to ask for their help in ensuring the proper disposal of prescription drugs so they are not misused, which could lead to tragedy.”
Gerard P. McAleer, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA in New Jersey stated, ‘’We are very excited about the widespread support and enthusiasm Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey is gaining in our coordinated efforts to bring public attention to this issue that is impacting our youth, our families, and our communities.’’
‘’Law enforcement is concerned with the alarming trend in the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, with potential access to these drugs coming from the medicine cabinets of family and friends,’’ he said.
‘’This operation will reduce the availability of potent drugs that lead kids down a path to addiction,’’ New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said. ‘’We can't break a cycle of dependence if powerful prescription drugs are stashed in our own homes, tucked away in drawers and cabinets.’’
‘’With Operation Medicine Cabinet, we are calling on New Jersey residents to see their medicine cabinets through new eyes - as an access point for potential misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicine by young people,’’ Angelo M. Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, said.
A 2007 report by the National Study of Drug Use and Health noted that 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives, according to McAleer and Valente.
The National Institute of Drug
Abuse reports that upwards of nine million people use prescription medication
for non-medical uses. The institute noted that a survey of school principals in
2007 by the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey found that half of the
administrators said that prescription drugs are abused more than twice that of
ecstasy and cocaine by
‘’What is equally disturbing is that 47 percent of New Jersey parents of middle school students said they know a little or just about nothing about prescription drug abuse,’’ Valente said, citing a Parents Tracking Survey by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
The following communities will be accepting discarded prescription medicines at their police headquarters on November 14, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
Residents living in the following communities may drop off discarded medicines on November 14, 2009 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations:
main lobby of the municipal complex at
Amboy, Senior Center,
accommodate its large senior citizen population,
November 9, 2009:
November 10, 2009:
November 11, 2009:
November 12, 2009:
Renaissance at Cranbury Crossing, Clubhouse, 9 to 11 a.m.
November 13, 2009:
Stonebridge at Greenbriar, Stonebridge Clubhouse, 9 to 11 a.m.