Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris Township Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo, Randolph Township Chief of Police David Stokoe, Morris Plains Borough Chief of Police Jason A. Kohn, and Hanover Township Chief of Police Mark D. Roddy announce that on April 27, 2019, they will be participating in the first Operation Take Back program of 2019.
Operation Take Back is a bi-annual event coordinated nationally by the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Law enforcement agencies on the state, county, and municipal levels work together to host Operation Take Back across the nation. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is partnering with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris Township Police Department, the Randolph Township Police Department, the Hanover Township Police Department, and the Morris Plains Borough Police Department. The goal of Operation Take Back is to encourage the public to turn over unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medicine for proper disposal. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office collect the turned over prescription drugs, and properly destroy them following the event.
Operation Take Back will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the following locations in Morris County:
Shoprite of Greater Morristown
178 East Hanover Ave
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927
690 Millbrook Road
Randolph, New Jersey 07869
Stop and Shop Supermarket
245 Littleton Road
Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950
If you are unable drop off your medication this Saturday you can utilize any other permanent drop box locations nearest you, which are listed at the following websites:
http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/ or https://sheriff.morriscountynj.gov/community/drug/ .
The program was an enormous success in Morris County in 2018. Between the two days held in April and October, there was a total of 841 pounds of prescription drugs turned in.
Prosecutor Knapp said, “Operation Take Back’s success in 2018 is something to be proud of. We hope that this year’s initiative will yield similar if not better results. Properly disposing of prescription drugs plays a key role in our continued fight against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. The residents of Morris County have strongly supported this initiative in the past, and we are hopeful they will continue to do so on April 27th”.
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.