Montclair State to Participate in Statewide Medicine Disposal Day, September 25

The Montclair State University Police Department will be hosting a local collection site for Operation Take Back New Jersey as part of the statewide medicine disposal day in the State. The drop off location will be located at the Montclair State University Police Department Headquarters Atrium 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010. This initiative, open to all community members, was organized to encourage community members to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.

This statewide effort, with over 250 participating New Jersey police departments, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division (DEA), the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ). Community members looking for information on the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and collection site location information should visit www.operationtakebacknj.com.  

"We are proud to be involved in this initiative and encourage all community members to use this opportunity to dispose of unused and expired medications," said University Police Chief Paul Cell. "We are committed to efforts to curb addiction and remind everyone that services exist on campus for anyone who needs assistance in dealing with such situations. The program is designed to be entirely anonymous and those wishing to discard items will not be required to identify themselves."

Anyone interested in turning in medications (not medical equipment) will be assured confidentiality as there is no log of disposals.  If the medication is stored in a prescription bottle, simply remove any personal identification prior to disposal in the containers identified at the program site. A University Police officer will be on site throughout the program to assist anyone with questions.  If you have questions regarding this program please contact Lt. Kieran Barrett at (973) 655-7440 or barrettk@mail.montclair.edu