MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ -  Last Saturday, residents from Morris Township, Morris Plains and Randolph turned in a total of 724 pounds of unused or unwanted medications during Morris County's Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The program enables individuals to turn in expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications into secure drop boxes. The method is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Justice Department that safely disposes of unneeded medication.  The program also aims to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic.

The Morris Township location collected 58 pounds. Morris Plains collected 166 pounds of drugs and the Randolph location collected 148.  Drugs turned in at other county locations run by municipal police departments brought the overall Morris County total to 724 pounds. The collected medication gets incinerated by the DEA. Another take-back day will be scheduled in the fall.

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The initiative gives people a chance to clean out their medicine cabinets, as well as moving unneeded drugs from circulation and lessening the risk of addiction.

“This program has proven to be an effective method for the appropriate discarding of unused and unwanted medications", said Prosecutor Knapp. "Curbing the abuse of medications not only benefits individuals, but benefits society as a whole.”

"We appreciate the efforts of the prosecutor and his staff and local police departments to organize this effective program,'' said Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo, the county governing board's liaison on law and public safety issues. "Getting these drugs out of circulation means there is less chance of them falling into the wrong hands.''