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Hillsdale, NJ Police Department
Tuesday September 7th, 2010 :: 09:19 p.m. EDT

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HPD announces their participation in Operation Take Back NJ on Sept 25, 2010, 10a-2p, collecting unwanted medications

The following is adapted from a recent press release, describing Operation Take Back New Jersey.

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Hillsdale Police to Participate in ‘Operation Take Back New Jersey’

Chief Chip Stalter announces the Hillsdale Police Department’s participation, once again, in a statewide program, encouraging the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals. This year’s initiative has been nicknamed: “Operation Take Back New Jersey.”

The Hillsdale Police Department will be an “Operation Take Back New Jersey” local collection site as part of the annual statewide medicine disposal day. The event will take place at Hillsdale Police Headquarters between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m on Saturday, September 25, 2010. This venture, open to all residents, was organized to encourage local community members to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.

This statewide effort, with the majority of New Jersey police departments participating, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the NY/NJ HIDTA, and the New Jersey National Guard. This campaign was conducted last year under the title: “Operation Medicine Cabinet,” and the Hillsdale Police Department was proud to participate then as well. This year, however, Chief Chip Stalter and the leaders of New Jersey’s police departments hope that the turnout will increase.

John G. McCabe, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA New Jersey Division stated, “Last year New Jersey opened its medicine cabinets and we collected over 9,000 pounds of medicine that was unwanted. This year, we are very excited about the continued support brought on by Operation Take Back New Jersey, and we hope all citizens will take time to eliminate any and all medicines that are not suitable for proper medical use. The more public attention we bring to this issue, the more we trust that people will become educated on the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”

According to McCabe, the most recent studies by Monitoring the Future, University of Michigan, between 1997 and 2007, stated that treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 400 percent. In addition, between 2004 and 2008, the number of visits to hospital emergency departments involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased 111 percent. The proper disposal of unwanted medication will help reduce the potential for pharmaceutical diversion.

Hillsdale Residents looking for information on the program and other local collection sites should visit www.operationtakebacknj.com. Chief Stalter would like to thank the many agencies involved in this effort for their assistance and expertise with executing this special program.

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