Every community has not only been fighting the coronavirus, but against other big issues, such as drug abuse. On October 24th, the Florham Park Police Department held their annual DEA National Drug Take Back Day, at Ridgedale Middle School.
A station was set up at Ridgedale Middle School, where Officer Kevin Langereis managed the table and drop-offs of unused/expired drug prescriptions.
“Unused or expired prescriptions are unsafe and can lead to accidental poisoning or overdoses,” said Officer Langereis. “This provides an opportunity to safely and properly dispose of drugs, which can be abused or sold on the streets.”
Officer Langereis has been with the Florham Park police for nine years and works as a school resource officer of the Support Service Division.
For the whole afternoon, between 50 to 75 Florham Park residents came by to drop off prescription drugs. By the end, 50 pounds of prescription drugs were collected; all of which will be sent to headquarters, placed in evidence for safe keeping before being transported to the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, in Morristown for disposal.
“I’m impressed by the amount they have collected,” said Florham Park resident John LaRocca.“This is a good idea to safely rid our community of drugs.”
Borough resident Joseph Fiore was also happy to get rid of the expired prescriptions in his home.
“A lot of teenagers can abuse drugs that are forgotten or children out of curiosity,” said Fiore.
“This is very helpful by the police and we save up for this event.”
And the Florham Park police were appreciative of the community’s involvement.
“We are proud that our community takes the dangers of unused medications seriously and actively participates in these events,” said Detective Lieutenant Brian Ford. “Unused or expired prescription medications can end up lost, stolen, or misused and cause great, unintended harm to those who take them. We thank our residents for always working to keep Florham Park safe! We also want to remind residents that we offer a 24/7 prescription and OTC drug drop box in our Headquarters lobby that is regularly collected for disposal by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.”
Later, the Florham Park Police Department intends to hold another event known as Safe Night Out, on October 30th. This will feature a movie night of The Addams Family and Goosebumps 2, starting at 6:30 p.m., located at 8 Vreeland Road, at the Troy Corporation parking lot, weather permitting.