Posted Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, an initiative of Morris County Prevention is Key, will thank Morris County Law Enforcement for providing our citizens with a safe and secure place to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs, by sponsoring an appreciation luncheon at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy in Florham Park on May 17 at noon.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and participating police departments are being recognized by CCSHM for helping to make permanent MedReturn drug collection units possible in Morris County.

MedReturn is a stand-alone unit into which expired or unused prescription drugs can be dropped.

The units are firmly fastened to a secure surface in the police station, where they are monitored 24/7 and are checked regularly, with the items collected then properly destroyed.

Now, instead of having to wait for an agency to sponsor an annual “Take Back Day,” when unwanted prescription drugs are collected, Morris County residents can safely dispose of drugs anytime by using the MedReturn drug collection units.

Morris County currently has 16 MedReturn drug collection units, the most of any county in the state.

Thanks to the efforts of acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Sheriff Edward Rochford and numerous police departments and community agencies that have made the units possible, “Every Day is Take Back Day in Morris County,” according to CCSHM.

For further information about the event, CCSHM or the MedReturn box initiative, contact Barbara Kauffman, Morris County Prevention is Key Director of Prevention Services, at 973-625-1998 or at [email protected].

Morris County Prevention is Key is a private, non-profit, community based health organization dedicated to the promotion of the health and well being of the Morris County community and the prevention of substance abuse, addiction, violence and related issues.