MORRIS COUNTY, NJ- The  "Operation Take Back" program will take place on Saturday, October 24, announced Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Acting Chief of Investigations 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

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 goal of Operation Take Back is to encourage the public to anonymously turn over unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medicine for proper disposal. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has partnered with the Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris Plains Borough Police Department, the Morris Township Police Department, and the Randolph Township Police Department in this effort to reduce abuse and misuse of pharmaceutical drugs. At its conclusion, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Morris County Sheriff’s Office will collect the discarded prescription drugs and properly destroy them in a safe and non-hazardous manner.

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During this event, satellite collection sites will be established at the following locations in Morris County, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:

  • Shoprite of Greater Morristown 178 East Hanover Ave Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927
  • Stop and Shop Supermarket 245 Littleton Road
  • Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950 ACME Supermarket 690 Millbrook Road Randolph, New Jersey 07869

Due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, those looking to drop off medicine for disposal are asked to wear protective face coverings or masks at the collection sites.

If you are unable to drop off your medication at one of these locations, you can utilize any other permanent drop box locations nearest you, which are listed at http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Even during this pandemic we must continue removing potentially harmful drugs from the County. Operation Take Back has been a hugely successful project, and we hope turnout will be high. Thanks to everyone who participates.”

 

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