FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2009

 

 

UNION COUNTY TO JOIN STATEWIDE EFFORT
TO COLLECT UNWANTED AND UNUSED MEDICATIONS
“Operation Medicine Cabinet” will take place November 14th at various Police Departments

 

The Union County Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies statewide, will participate in a day of amnesty for citizens who want to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications in their home.  On Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm “Operation Medicine Cabinet” will give residents in Union County the opportunity to rid their homes of unnecessary and expired prescription medications.

“We urge all our residents to take a few moments and go through their medicine cabinets and rid your homes of any medicines you no longer use,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “In disposing of these unwanted items you are protecting yourself and the environment.”

This statewide drug collection program recognizes the dangers and hazards of having excess unused prescription medications in the home. More than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers indicate that they obtain them from family or friends, often in the home or directly from medicine cabinets.

“Operation Medicine Cabinet” is being conducted in a statewide partnership with law enforcement and substance abuse prevention agencies and organizations.  The following police agencies will be sites for collection in Union County:

  • Union County Police Department in Westfield
  • Mountainside Police Department
  • Clark Police Department
  • Elizabeth Police Department
  • Fanwood Police Department
  • Hillside Police Department
  • Kenilworth Police Department
  • Linden Police Department
  • Roselle Police Department
  • Roselle Park Police Department
  • Scotch Plains Police Department
  • Springfield Police Department
  • Westfield Police Department
  • Winfield Police Department