If residents of Monmouth County haven’t cleaned out their medicine cabinets lately now might be a good time. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) in Monmouth County, which is a national event that raises awareness of prescription drug abuse. The event will be held on November 13th when residents will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted and expired drugs properly.
The drop off location in Monmouth County will be held at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, 50 East Main Street, Freehold, between 10AM-2PM on November 13th. The program is anonymous and no questions will be asked of the participants. “This effort will reduce the prescription drugs that are readily available to our children,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “Prescription drugs are considered a gateway drug to other serious and dangerous street drugs. This program enables us to get our unwanted, unused and expired medicine out of our homes and to law enforcement agencies for proper disposal.”
The New Jersey event is being coordinated by the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey, Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.
According to the American Medicine Chest Challenge, the goal of this effort is to make families aware of the need to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medicine, since medicines can be a danger lurking at home. AMCC is urging people to follow the five step challenge that will help save the lives of children.
Monmouth County Residents Being Urged to Clean Out Their Medicine Cabinets and Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Drugs Properly
Those steps include -taking inventory of your prescription and over the counter medicine, securing your medicine chest, take medicine only as prescribed by your doctor, dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medicine in your home and, most importantly, talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Additional drop off sites throughout Monmouth County on November 13th from 10AM-2PM include police departments in Asbury Park, Eatontown, Shrewsbury Borough, Keansburg and Tinton Falls.