Morris County Law Enforcement Partners to Host Operation Take Back
Published on October 07, 2021
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Chris Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris Plains Borough Chief of Police Mike Koroski, Morris Township Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo, and Randolph Township Chief of Police Will Harzula announce that on Saturday, October 23, 2021, 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 Morris County Sheriff’s Office, 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 Morris County locations, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:
690 Millbrook Ave.
Randolph, New Jersey 07869
Shoprite of Greater Morristown
178 East Hanover Ave.
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927
Stop and Shop Supermarket
245 Littleton Road/US 202
Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950
Additional site locations can be found by visiting https://takebackday.dea.gov.
Wearing protective face coverings or masks while dropping off medicine for disposal at the collection sites is recommended.
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
Last April, the Operation Take Back collection held at Morris County locations yielded a combined 631 pounds of surrendered material.
Prosecutor Carroll and Sheriff Gannon jointly stated, “The misuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is a contributing factor of the ongoing opioid crisis. This bi-annual operation helps ensure that unused medications are not abused and are removed from our medicine cabinets and other locations. The partnership of the Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s Offices, in conjunction with our municipal police departments and local governments, have proven to be an effective team to lead this effort.”
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.