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First Operation Take Back of 2022 yields 501 pounds of surrendered medications in Morris County

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Chris Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Hanover Township Chief of Police Michael Loock, Morris Plains Borough Chief of Police Mike Koroski, Morris Township Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo, and Randolph Township Chief of Police Will Harzula announce the first collection day of the Operation Take Back program yielded 24 bags of surrendered medications.

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 across the nation.

Residents of Morris County were able to bring unused or expired prescription drugs to three designated locations – Shoprite of Greater Morristown in Hanover Township, the ACME Supermarket in Randolph, and the Stop and Shop Supermarket in Morris Plains. All drugs collected at the sites were weighed and properly destroyed by law enforcement officials.

The total weight in materials collected from each location are as follows:

  • Shoprite of Greater Morristown: 209 pounds
  • Stop and Shop of Morris Plains: 206 pounds
  • ACME of Randolph: 86 pounds

Total: 501 pounds

In 2021, the Operation Take Back collection held in spring and autumn in Morris County locations yielded a combined 1,039 pounds.

If you were 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

“Year after year, Operation Take Back in Morris County has consistently yielded hundreds of pounds of expired and unused medications. This demonstrates just how much the community relies on this service. Our residents are active participants in combatting prescription drug misuse. We thank our law enforcement and commercial partners for making this annual event a great success,” Carroll and Gannon said.

Jay Edwards

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