MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - Approximately 631 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medications were collected during the 2021 Operation Take Back. 

The goal is to encourage the public to anonymously turn over unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medicine for proper disposal. Morris County residents dropped off 176 pounds at ShopRite of Greater Morristown, 68 pounds at Stop and Shop of Morris Plains and 387 pounds at Acme of Randolph, said the sheriff's office.

All drugs collected at the sites were weighed and properly destroyed by law enforcement officials.

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Operation Take Back is a semi-annual event coordinated nationally by the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in which law enforcement agencies at the state, county, and municipal level work collectively to host Operation Take Back across the nation.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Chief of Detectives Chris Kimker, Hanover Township Chief of Police Mark D. Roddy, Morris Plains Borough Chief of Police Mike Koroski, Morris Township Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo, and Randolph Township Chief of Police David Stokoe all participated in the event on April 24, 2021.

Residents who were unable to attend the past weekend, may drop off medication at permanent drop boxes throughout the county. The dropbox in Denville Township is located in the Police Department lobby at 1 St. Mary's Place. For a list of other dropbox locations, click here.

“Year after year, Operation Take Back in Morris County has consistently yielded hundreds of pounds of expired and unused medications, demonstrating how much the community relies on this service," said Acting Prosecutor Carroll and Sheriff Gannon jointly. "Our residents are active participants in combating prescription drug misuse. Thank you to our law enforcement and commercial partners for making this event a success.”

 

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