Salem Co. Sheriff Participates in 2011 AMCC


Salem County residents turn in old prescription drugs during the American Medicine Chest Challenge

Published: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 6:02 PM     Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:11 PM
medicine a.jpgView full sizeSalem County sheriff's Officer Dan Wright collects old prescription drugs from a county resident Saturday outside the county courthouse in Salem.
medicine b.jpgView full sizeIn just two hours, four trash bags full of unwanted prescription drugs had been collected today.
SALEM — Salem County residents turned out in the city today to safely dispose of their old and unneeded prescription drugs.

The Salem County Sheriff’s Office took part today in the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) — a public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. 

One of the key parts of helping prevent abuse of prescription drugs is collecting old and unused drugs from county residents to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, such as children or other adults in a household that may improperly use them.

Saturday’s collection by Sheriff’s Officers in Salem was held outside the county courthouse.

The New Jersey event was coordinated by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ), and Drug Enforcement Administration–New Jersey.

Local residents had been urged to check their home medicine chests and other areas where prescription drugs may be stored and bring them to Salem for safe disposal.