News Release
November 18, 2009
Contact: DEA Special Agent Douglas S. Collier, M.A.
Public Information Officer
TEL: (973) 776-1143

Contact: Angela Conover, PDFNJ
973-467-2100, ext. 25

Thousands of New Jersey Residents Prescribe to Operation Medicine Cabinet
Over 9,000 Pounds of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medicine Collected During
First in the Nation Day of Disposal

NOV 18 -- (Newark) – Gerard P. McAleer, the Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division and Angelo M. Valente, the Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), announced today that over 9,000 pounds of medicine, with a street value of over $35 million, was collected during Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey, the first in the nation statewide day of disposal of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine. This statewide effort is being spearheaded by the DEA New Jersey Division, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (OAG), and the PDFNJ, with partnership and support by many other local and statewide prevention and enforcement organizations. (Please see attached list.)

Over 440 local police departments and sheriff departments, in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties, hosted collection sites, where New Jersey residents came out in force to support Operation Medicine Cabinet and rid their homes of unused, unwanted, and expired medicines on November 14th, clearing their homes of over 9,000 pounds of prescription and over-the- counter medicine.

L to R: Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey - announcing the Operation Medicine and Cabinet Angelo Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for Drug Free New Jersey Operation Medicine Cabinet
L to R: Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey - announcing the Operation Medicine and Cabinet Angelo Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for Drug Free New Jersey
Operation Medicine Cabinet
Photo displays meds turned in under the OMC program on 11-14-2009. L to R: Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey- announcing the Operation Medicine Cabinet, Angelo Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for Drug Free New Jersey, and Mary Pat Angelini, Assemblywomen, 11 District, New Jersey Assembly Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey yields over 9,000 pounds of prescriptions (small sample) 
Photo displays meds turned in under the OMC program on 11-14-2009. L to R: Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey- announcing the Operation Medicine Cabinet, Angelo Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for Drug Free New Jersey, and Mary Pat Angelini, Assemblywomen, 11 District, New Jersey Assembly

Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey yields over 9,000 pounds of prescriptions (small sample) 

Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA New Jersey Division, stated, “This initiative reduced the availability of prescription drugs that could have been abused by our family members and friends. Approximately 3 ½ million pills have been voluntarily discarded and properly disposed, with the assistance of community members, law enforcement agencies, and prevention and treatment organizations throughout the state.”

“Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey accomplished two main goals—first and foremost, it generated unprecedented attention to the issue of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse, and secondly, it caused tens of thousands of New Jersey residents to look at their medicine cabinets as a potential source for young people to access highly addictive and deadly drugs,” said Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of the PDFNJ.

Based on the overwhelming response and success of Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey, the program organizers are currently planning on expanding this program to other states throughout the country.

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Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey Partners

The Association of Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey

CentraState Healthcare System

Chief of Police Association of New Jersey

Clear Channel

Daytop New Jersey

Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Jason's Message

New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers

New Jersey Broadcasters Association

New Jersey Department of Human Services

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Addiction Services

New Jersey Division of Highway and Traffic Safety

New Jersey Parkway Turnpike Authority

New Jersey Pharmacists Association

New Jersey Poison Information & Education System

New Jersey Prevention Network

New Jersey State Police

New York/New Jersey HIDTA

NY/NJ Asian American Law Enforcement Advisory Committee

Ocean County Recycling

Rowan University

 

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