SOURCE: Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

November 09, 2010 10:20 ET

NJ Sheriffs, Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ to Kick-Off American Medicine Chest Challenge

Statewide Day of Disposal of Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Prescription and Over-The-Counter Medicine to Be Held November 13th in Every County in New Jersey

MILLBURN, NJ--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -

WHAT:

A press conference to announce the launch of American Medicine Chest Challenge New Jersey

American Medicine Chest Challenge New Jersey is a public health initiative, with law enforcement partnership, to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide an opportunity to safely dispose of these drugs. AMCC will be held in over 100 communities throughout New Jersey on November 13, 2010 between 10 am and 2 pm. This initiative is available for all New Jersey residents to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired prescription and over-the-counter medicine. American Medicine Chest Challenge is a statewide initiative that is being spearheaded by the Sheriffs' Association of New Jersey and the Partnership Drug-Fee New Jersey, with the assistance of the DEA-NJ.

WHEN:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 beginning at 1:30 pm.

WHERE:

Essex County Court House, 51 West Market Street, Newark, NJ

WHO:

Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

Frank Provanzano, President of the Sheriffs' Association of New Jersey, and representatives from every county in the state.

John McCabe, Acting Special Agent In-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration-NJ

WHY:

Prescription drug abuse by New Jersey students has increased by 22% this year according to the recently released New Jersey Department of Education Annual Violence and Vandalism Report. AMCC is designed to help New Jersey residents 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 and to provide an opportunity to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicines because 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs say they get them from the medicine cabinets of friends and relatives.

Visit www.americanmedicinechest.com for a listing of all local collection sites and additional information.