MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Local officials collected nearly 900 pounds of prescription drugs countywide on Saturday, Oct. 28 as part of the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Held on Halloween weekend, the October event amassed more than 20 percent more pounds of medication than a similar event held in April, and local officials said the community response to this operation remains consistent.
Established in the fall of 2010, this bi-annual effort is held each year in April and October, and encourages individuals to anonymously turn in unused, unwanted and expired drugs into secure drop boxes located at designated locations in Morris County, local officials said.
The event proves to be a safe, responsible and environmentally sound way to dispose of these drugs, according to the DEA, which remain secure and under law enforcement control until they are incinerated.
“Oftentimes, drug abuse begins in the medicine cabinet,” said Prosecutor Frederic Knapp. “Eliminating this source of drugs has been a step in the right direction of curbing abuse, and Operation Prescription Drug Take Back Day continues to lend itself towards this goal.”
Members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office partnered with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris Plains Borough Police Department, Morris Township Police Department and the Randolph Township Police Department to participate in Saturday’s event.
More than half the prescription drugs collected during this four-hour event came from three designated drop box locations: ShopRite of Greater Morristown in Cedar Knolls, Stop and Shop of Morris Plains and ACME Markets in Randolph.
Permanent drop boxes are located throughout Morris County for year-round use. Locations are listed at http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/.