News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2010
Contact: DEA Special Agent Douglas S. Collier, M.A.
Public Information Officer
TEL: (973) 776-1143

New Jersey Residents Assist in Record Seizure of Medicine in
Operation Take Back
14,436 Pounds of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medicine Collected

DEA Press Conference: L to R : Linda Surks-Jason Message, John G. McCabe-DEA New Jersey Division Acting Special Agent in Charge, Paul Fishman-United States Attorney, District of New Jersey  14,436 pounds of Medicine collected during Operation Take Back- New Jersey
DEA Press Conference: L to R : Linda Surks-Jason Message, John G. McCabe-DEA New Jersey Division Acting Special Agent in Charge, Paul Fishman-United States Attorney, District of New Jersey.

14,436 pounds of Medicine collected during Operation Take Back- New Jersey.

Medications collected in New Jersey.

SEP 28 -- (NEWARK) – John G. McCabe, Jr., the Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division, announced today that 14,436 pounds of medicine was collected during Operation Take Back New Jersey. This one day DEA nationwide program was held on September 25, 2010, from 10AM-2PM, and provided New Jersey residents the ability to dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medication.

Operation Take Back New Jersey was spearheaded and supported by the DEA New Jersey Division, the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the New York/New Jersey HIDTA, the Partnership for A Drug Free New Jersey, the New Jersey National Guard, the New Jersey Prevention Network, and many other local and statewide prevention, treatment, and enforcement organizations.

Over 365 local police 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 Take Back New Jersey and rid their homes of unused, unwanted, and expired medicines, clearing out their homes of over 14,436 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medication.

Acting SAC McCabe stated, “This record seizure was a direct response by our citizens in New Jersey to support law enforcement in DEA’s prescription drug abuse efforts. New Jersey residents assisted us by cleaning their homes of unwanted medicines that could have potentially been diverted and abused by our youth. DEA set out to help all of New Jersey by implementing Operation Take Back New Jersey, and in turn, the citizens are the ones that assisted DEA in this record seizure.”

According to Acting SAC McCabe, “Operation Take Back New Jersey accomplished two main goals—first and foremost, it generated education and awareness to the issue of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse, and secondly, it offered thousands of New Jersey residents the opportunity to rid their homes of medicines that were no longer needed.”

Please visit www.operationtakebacknj.com for a list of all participating law enforcement agencies and a list of all partners.

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