Clark To Participate In Statewide Medicine Disposal Day

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CLARK—On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Clark Police Department will join 250 Law Enforcement agencies across New Jersey in support of Operation Medicine Cabinet, a joint program in cooperation with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Jersey State Attorney General.

Citizens are encouraged to bring unused or outdated prescription or over-the-counter drugs to Police Headquarters at 315 Westfield Avenue between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Sgt. Susan Ricci of the Clark Police will be on duty to accept all submissions in a secure container, which will be forwarded to the DEA for safe disposal. All submissions, regardless of source, will be accepted anonymously, Police Chief Denis E. Connell said.


Gerard P. McAleer, special agent-in-charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, said, “We are very excited about the wide spread 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.”

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram commented, “This operation will reduce the availability of potent drugs that lead kids down a path to addiction.  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.”

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