"Operation Take Back" Launches In Morris County on April 24

Published on April 08, 2021


Public Encouraged to Turn Over Unused, Unwanted or Expired Prescription Medicine for Proper Disposal

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office, Morris County Sheriff's Office and several local police departments will participate in the Spring 2021 "Operation Take Back" program on April 24.

The goal of this national program is to encourage the public to anonymously turn over unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medicine for proper disposal.  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 programs across the nation.

“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," said Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll and Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon in a joint statement today.

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.  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 Ave.

Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927

Stop and Shop Supermarket

245 Littleton Rd./US 202

Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950


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

Joining Gannon and Carroll in the announcement today were Prosecutor's Office Chief of Detectives 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. 

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.  




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