News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2006
Special Agent Douglas S. Collier,
Public Information Officer
Tel: (973) 776-1143
Cell: (862) 849-9833

DEA New Jersey Division, US Attorney’s Office and Morris County Prosecutors Office Hosts National Methamphetamine Awareness Day

(L to R): Morris County Prosecutor, The Honorable Michael M. Rubinaccio; Special Agent in Charge, DEA New Jersey, Gerard P. McAleer; and United States Attorney District of New Jersey, The Honorable Christopher J. Christie
(L to R): Morris County Prosecutor, The Honorable Michael M. Rubinaccio; Special Agent in Charge, DEA New Jersey, Gerard P. McAleer; and United States Attorney District of New Jersey, The Honorable Christopher J. Christie

NOV 30 -- NEWARK – Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division along with Christopher J. Christie the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and Michael M. Rubinaccio the Prosecutor for Morris County, presented a one day Methamphetamine Safety Awareness for First Responders seminar conducted by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division at the Morris County Police and Fire Academy located in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Over 100 attendees filled today’s event which was in coordination with the National Methamphetamine Awareness Day throughout the United States. This program is designed to prepare the police officer, firefighter, EMT, prevention, treatment, school personnel and faith based organizations to recognize specialized problems and hazards associated with the production of methamphetamine. Topics that were covered included History and Effects of Methamphetamine, Emerging Trends in Methamphetamine Production, Fentanyl Update, Clandestine Laboratories Awareness, and Public Awareness. The course enables the first responder emergency personnel to be able to recognize and identify a methamphetamine or clandestine laboratory while answering a fire, medical, or other emergency call and apply techniques for overall safety.

Special Agent in Charge McAleer stated, “DEA New Jersey Division is committed to fighting the spread of methamphetamine throughout New Jersey. It’s our responsibility to train the first responders so that they don’t become victims of this insidious problem”.