Morris County officials are reporting that on Saturday, April 24, they will be participating in the annual Operation Take Back program.
According to officials, 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 Morris County Sheriff’s Office, 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.
Officials said 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.
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.:
ACME Supermarket 690 Millbrook Ave. Randolph, New Jersey 07869
Shoprite of Greater Morristown 178 East Hanover Avenue.
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927 Stop and Shop Supermarket 245 Littleton Rd./US 202 Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950
Wegmans 34 Sylvan Way Hanover, New Jersey 07054
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 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 Acting Prosecutor Carroll and Sheriff Gannon jointly stated,
“This operation has proven to be extraordinarily successful in helping to prevent the misuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs.
The partnership of the Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s Offices, in coordination with our municipal police departments and local governments, have proven to be an effective team to lead this most worthy effort”.
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 973-829-8159.