Friday, April 22nd, 2016

MORRIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE JOINS  WITH LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS FOR Bi-ANNUAL OPERATION TAKE-BACK DAY

Operation Take-Back, a national initiative that encourages individuals to turn in unused or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal, will be held at locations across Morris County this Saturday, April 30th.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and police in Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mountain Lakes and Randolph have jointly announced they will host locations for the 11th annual Operation Take-Back Day program.

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The medication collection allows residents to give their unused medications to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information.  After the event, law enforcement officials will dispose of the medications collected in an environmentally safe manner.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

“The Morris County Freeholder Board fully supports this important initiative to get these drugs and medications out of homes and away from potential misuse and into disposal bins,” said Freeholder Doug Cabana, the county governing board’s public safety liaison. “I thank the prosecutor and our local police departments for their efforts.”

Operation Take-Back locations operated in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. include the following four locations:

  •  Stop and Shop Supermarket, 245 Littleton Road, Morris Plains
  • ACME Supermarket, 609 Millbrook Road, Randolph,
  • Morristown High School, 50 Early Street, Morristown
  • Mountain Lakes Fire Department, 400 Boulevard, Mountain Lakes
Unused medications collected at previous Operation Take-Back

Unused medications collected at previous Operation Take-Back

To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back, visit www.dea.gov (plug in Morris County once you get to the site) or contact your local Police Department.

In addition to helping individuals dispose of unused prescription drugs, Operation Take-Back promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.

Operation Take-Back is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Prevention Network, New Jersey Chiefs’ of Police Association; Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mountain Lakes, and Randolph police departments; ACME Supermarket, Stop and Shop Supermarket, Morristown High School and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

If you are unable to make this date, you can log onto http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/ for a list of permanent drop box locations nearest you.

Any inquiries regarding Operation Take-Back can be directed to Prosecutor’s Captain Jane Recktenwald at 973-285-6221 or [email protected]