NEWARK - U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman held a news conference in Newark this morning to announce a prescription drug abuse prevention initiative.

His office says the centerpiece is a multi-media public service campaign designed to get the message out to parents about steps they can take to protect their school-age children.

The initiative challenges New Jersey residents to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine. Secure your medicine chest. Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine. Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed. Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

The "Right Prescription for New Jersey" initiative is a collaboration with numerous local, state and federal non-profit organizations and agencies.