ELIZABETH-The Union County Sheriff’s Office will be coordinating the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) in Elizabeth and Plainfield on Saturday, November 13. This public health initiative, in partnership with law enforcement, is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide disposal of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.
The AMCC is a unified national, statewide, and local focus on the issue of medicine abuse by children and teens.
“Prescription drug abuse is a problem in our country,” said Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich. “This challenge is a great opportunity to help protect our young people from the dangers of any kind of drug, even legal ones that are in our homes.”
The American Medicine Chest Challenge asks residents to take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medicine, lock medicine chests, dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine, follow prescriptions exactly as prescribed and to speak with children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Union County residents may take the AMCC and dispose of unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, November 13 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Union County Administration Building located at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth and at the Park/Madison Building at 200 Park Avenue in Plainfield.
“I hope everyone takes advantage of this program to get rid of harmful, unwanted drugs and keep them away from our kids,” added Sheriff Froehlich.
For more information about the AMCC visit www.americanmedicinechestchallenge.com or contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 908-527-4450.