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Operation Medicine Cabinet offers New Jersey residents the opportunity to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicines safely and anonymously

WHO: Rutgers University police and public safety personnel; representatives of federal, state and local law enforcement.
WHAT: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will host an Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey local collection site as part of the first statewide medicine disposal day in the nation.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Graduate Lounge, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick. For directions, go to http://search.rutgers.edu/buildings.html?q=Rutgers%20Student%20Center.
BACKGROUND:  The growing trend of prescription drug abuse affects young people, families and communities across New Jersey and around the nation. More than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers say they obtained them from friends or relatives – often without the knowledge or consent of the person to whom the medication was prescribed. Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey provides a safe and environmentally sound way for individuals to anonymously dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications, thereby preventing these drugs from falling into the hands of those who would misuse them. New Jersey is the first to conduct Operation Medicine Cabinet on a statewide basis. Rutgers is one of more than 250 collection sites. Local law enforcement personnel will deliver the medications to a secure location for destruction by federal Drug Enforcement Agency officials.

Media Contact: E.J. Miranda
732-932-7084, ext. 613
E-mail: emiranda@ur.rutgers.edu