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Township of Moorestown Police Department
Thursday September 29th, 2011 :: 10:24 a.m. EDT

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Moorestown PD to host two Prescription and OTC Medicine disposal events on 10/29/11 and 11/12/11 from 10am-2pm at the Police Dept.

The Moorestown Police Department will be hosting two Prescription and Over the Counter Medicine disposal events for our residents in the front parking lot of the Police Department located at 1245 N. Church St. The first will take place on Saturday October 29, 2011 from 10 am – 2 pm and the second on Saturday November 12, 2011 from 10 am – 2 pm. For additional information, contact the Police Department at 856-914-3041 or llieber@moorestownpd.com. Find information on the two initiatives following:

DEA has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

DEA in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States conducted National Prescription Drug Take Back Days on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011. Nearly, 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation participated in these events, collecting more than 309 tons of pills.

Four days after last fall’s Take-Back Day, Congress passed legislation amending the Controlled Substances Act to allow the DEA to develop a process for people to safely dispose of their prescription drugs. DEA immediately began developing this process after President Obama signed the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act of 2010 on October 12. Until that process is complete, however, DEA will continue to hold Take Back Days every six months.

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The Second Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge Calls for Nationwide Awakening to the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse



The Second Annual

(AMCC) will be held on November 12, 2011.

AMCC is a not-for-profit community based public health initiative, with law enforcement partnership, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide a nationwide day of disposal – at a collection site or in the home - of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.

AMCC currently has partners in hundreds of communities across the country in 44 states, Washington, DC, and two Indian Nations and is supported by PhRMA, American College of Emergency Physicians, and Partnership at DrugFree.Org.



"This Challenge will raise awareness about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and reduce the availability of potent drugs that lead kids down a path to addiction,'' explained AMCC Chief Executive Officer Angelo M. Valente. “With the AMCC we are calling on residents to see their medicine cabinets through new eyes -- as an access point for potential misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicine by young people.”

He added, “The American Medicine Chest 5-step challenge will help save the lives of your children. The steps include taking inventory of your medicine, securing your medicine chest, take medicine only as prescribed by your doctor, dispose on unused, unwanted, and expired medicine, and most importantly, talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drugs.”

According to Valente, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy reports

70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtained them from friends or relatives, more than 6 million Americans used a prescription medication for nonmedical purposes in the past 30 days, emergency room visits involving the misuse or abuse of pharmaceutical drugs have doubled over the past five years and, there has been a 400% increase in substance abuse treatment admissions for people abusing prescription drugs.

The inaugural AMCC was held in November 2010 with over 500 community partners, in 37 states. It generated over $8 million dollars in media exposure on the issue of prescription drug abuse and resulted in the collection of over 10 tons of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.

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Township of Moorestown Police Department
1245 N Church St
Moorestown, NJ 08057

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Non-emergencies: 856-234-8300

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