Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY TARGETS UNUSED MEDICATIONS AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Morris County residents are being asked to join in a nationwide initiative this Saturday, Oct. 22, to turn in unused or expired medications, controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal during the 12th national “Operation Take-Back” program, which is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations around the county.

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Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and his Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, plus Morris Plains Police Chief Jason Kohn, Morris Township Police Chief John McGuinness, and Randolph Police Chief David Stokoe have announced that their agencies will jointly participate in the event this weekend, with disposal sites to be set up in Morris Plains, Randolph and Morris Township.

There also will be disposal locations set up in Boonton Township, Butler, the Chathams, Chester Township, Florham Park, Long Hill, Mendham Township, Parsippany, Picatinny Arsenal, the Rockaways, Roxbury, in Morris County, and in nearby Hopatcong, Byram, Livingston Bedminster, Bernardsville and Peapack and Gladstone at this time.

To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back and the site for drop offs, visit www.dea.gov or contact your local Police Department.

Doug Cabana

Doug Cabana

“This is an important initiative, especially as the freeholders, prosecutor, and many local police and nonprofit organizations have been targeting opiate abuse and addictions,’’ said Freeholder Doug Cabana, the county governing board’s liaison to law and public safety. “We urged county residents to make plenty of donations to our collections sites on Saturday.’’

Operation Take-Back is a national initiative that provides residents with an easy way to properly dispose of unused medications or drugs to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information.  After the event, the medications will be collected in an environmentally safe manner.

During the last operation, held on April 30, 2016, a total of 1,365 pounds were collected from locations throughout Morris County, accord to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration

The joint Randolph, Morris Plains, Morris Township and Prosecutor’s Operation Take-Back sites will be located at the following three locations:

·        Stop and Shop Supermarket, 245 Littleton Road, Morris Plains, N.J. 07950

·        ACME Supermarket, 690 Millbrook Ave, Randolph, N.J. 07869

·        Morris Twp. municipal parking lot (next to Tiff’s) at 191 Speedwell Ave, Morris Township, N.J. 07960

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

If you are unable to make it to a drop off location on Saturday, please visit:  http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/ for a list of permanent drop box locations.

For more information on Saturday’s event contact Prosecutor’s Public Information Official Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.