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  • Residents Across NJ Turn-Out to Dispose of their Unused, Unwanted, Expired Medicine

    Posted 11/13/2012

    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ) held the third annual The American Medicine Chest Challenge –New Jersey (AMCC) --- a public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, throughout New Jersey, on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

  • NJ to Lead Response to Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

    Posted 11/7/2012

    The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) --- a public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse will provide an opportunity for residents to dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine at collection sites throughout New Jersey on November 10, 2012. Participating locations are listed on AmericanMedicineChest.Com and can be accessed using the AMCC-NJ mobile app for iPhone or Droid.

  • NJ ABC Calls for Scripts in its annual Proms and Alcohol TV PSA contest

    Posted 10/23/2012

  • VIDEO: Angelo Valente, Ex. Dir. of PDFNJ, discusses the American Medicine Chest Challenge in NJ

    Posted 10/23/2012

    Angelo Valente, Ex. Dir. of PDFNJ, discusses NJ participation in the American Medicine Chest Challenge on WWOR.

  • NJ.com - Heroin use among young in N.J. is up, and in more suburban areas

    Posted 10/9/2012

    With sprawling highways, one of the nation’s largest airports and three large ports, New Jersey has the infrastructure to support a successful heroin racket. Now, thanks to a surge in painkiller addictions and some clever new marketing by dealers, the state’s heroin economy is booming.

  • PDFNJ to Lead National Event to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse in NJ

    Posted 10/9/2012

    On November 10, 2012, a historic and lifesaving event --- The American Medicine Chest Challenge(AMCC) --- a public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse will be held in communities throughout New Jersey.

  • PDFNJ Ex. Dir. Stresses Link Between Rx Abuse and Heroin Abuse at GCADA Taskforce Hearing in Camden

    Posted 10/2/2012

    In 2007, PDFNJ knew, that 70% of people who were abusing Rx drugs were obtaining them from the medicine cabinets of friends and relatives. At that point PDFNJ knew this important statistic had to be shared -- and we dedicated all of our resources to disseminating this important information to all NJ residents. PDFNJ created a simple message with an image of a Grandmother – alerting residents that there may be a "stash" of potentially life threatening substances in their medicine cabinets.

  • Ex-Johnson & Johnson CEO Burke dies

    Posted 10/1/2012

    James E. Burke, who as CEO steered Johnson & Johnson through the Tylenol poisonings that led to the first tamper-resistant packaging, died at 87 after a long illness.

  • NJ.com - People urged to safely purge prescription drugs

    Posted 9/27/2012

    The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will hold Operation Take Back New Jersey Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the American Medicine Chest Challenge will be held Nov. 10. Unwanted prescriptions can be dropped off anytime at the sheriff’s office.

  • Feds, N.J. officials unite to tackle prescription drug abuse 'epidemic'

    Posted 9/25/2012

    ...the initiative, which Fishman said is a collaborative effort that includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, the state Jersey Department of Education, and others, recommends five steps for each household in the state: Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicines in your home; secure your medicine chest; dispose of your unwanted medicine; take your medicines exactly as prescribed.; and talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.