Posted Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Safely Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs —  Disposal Sites  in a Dozen Morris County Locations

Proper disposal of prescription drugs is important to our county and state’s battle against opioid abuse, and the simple step of cleaning out tour medicine cabinet is a simple tool that can’t be over-estimated. This Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Justice Department, offers the public a convenient and safe way to dispose of unneeded drugs.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Morris County THIS Saturday (Oct. 28)Take-Back Day is this Saturday, Oct.28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at locations across Morris County. Participating Morris County police departments with drop sites are Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Township, Florham Park, Jefferson, Mendham Borough, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Mountain Lakes, Parsippany, Picatinny Arsenal, and Randolph, plus neighboring Hopatcong, Bedminster and New Providence.

“This important program allows all of us to play an important role in battling the current opioid crisis by eliminating drugs right in our own homes that can fall into the wrong hands,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “Please take a look in your medicine cabinets and closets and get rid out outdated or unneeded medications.”

A coordinated Take Back Day event is being held at three Morris County locations, Morris Plains, Hanover Township,  and Randolph.  This joint event is being announced by Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, Morris Plains Borough Police Chief Jason Kohn, Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe and Morris Township Police Chief Mark DiCarlo. Morris Township Police are sponsoring the Hanover Township location.

photo of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp

“This program has proven to be an effective method for the appropriate discarding of unused and unwanted medications, and I am hopeful this trend will continue,” Prosecutor Knapp said. “Curbing the abuse of medications not only benefits individuals, but benefits society as a whole.”

The initiative encourages individuals to anonymously and confidentially turn in expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications into secure drop boxes. The method is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of drugs.

It’s also proven to be very popular. The DEA says nearly 900,000 pounds of unwanted medicines – about 447 tons – were turned in last year at Take-Back days throughout the country.

At this year’s spring Take-Back Day in April, about 726 pounds of medicines were collected in Morris County and 18,000 pounds were collected in New Jersey. Once turned in, the drugs are safely incinerated by the DEA.Bottle of RX lying on a table with contents spilled out

It’s encouraging that more Americans are understanding that removing old prescription drugs from their medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts and abuse.  Take-Back events also raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and offer the public a safe and anonymous way to help lessen the risk of substance abuse.

Morris County locations for Saturday’s joint National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day are as follows:

  • Stop and Shop Supermarket, 245 Littleton Road, Morris Plains
  • Cedar Knolls Shop-Rite, 178 East Hanover Ave, Hanover Township
  • ACME Supermarket, 690 Millbrook Road, Randolph

To check on a list of all locations in the county, call your local police department or visit the DEA website, at https://www.dea.gov/index.shtml to look up a drop-off site near where you live.

Also, persons unable to make this date can visit http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/ for a list of permanent drop box locations nearest them.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6200 or  [email protected].