Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, Morris Plains Police Chief Scott Thompson, Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe and Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett announce that Operation Take-Back, which was jointly held by their agencies on Saturday, Oct. 26, was a huge success.
Three sites were used for the operation. In Morris Plains, the Stop and Shop Supermarket at the intersection of Route 10 and Littleton Road, was a collection site. The Randolph Municipal Building was a second collection site. The Mountain Lakes Fire Department was the third collection site. The three sites received a combined total of 229 pounds of prescription and over the counter medications.
Operation Take-Back is a national initiative that encourages individuals to turn in unused or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. The medication collection allows citizens to give their unused medications to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information. The medications are disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.
In addition to helping individuals dispose of unused prescription drugs, Operation Take-Back promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.
Concerning the operation, Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated: “This operation serves to remove potentially harmful prescription drugs from possible abuse. Such drugs, unfortunately, have served as a gateway to heroin and other opiates. By removing them from residences, we hope to impede the addiction cycle.”
Operation Take-Back is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Prevention Network, New Jersey Chiefs’ of Police Association, Morris Plains Police Department, Randolph Police Department, Stop and Shop Supermarket, Mountain Lakes Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. This initiative also includes numerous other drop off sites nationwide and also throughout Morris County. To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back, visit www.dea.gov or contact your local Police Department.
Acting Prosecutor Knapp, Chief Speirs, Chief Thompson, Chief Stokoe and Chief Bennett thank all members from their respective agencies who took part in Saturday’s operation.
Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.