October 9, 2020
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 announce that on Saturday, October 24, 2020, they will be participating in the annual Operation Take Back program.
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.
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
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 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.”
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.