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First ‘Operation Take Back’ of 2023 yields 329 pounds of surrendered medications in Morris County

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, Morris Plains Borough Chief of Police Mike Koroski, Morris Township Chief of Police Robert Shearer, and Randolph Township Chief of Police Will Harzula announce the first collection day of the Operation Take Back program yielded 14 bags and 4 containers 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.

The goal of Operation Take Back is to encourage the public to anonymously turn over unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medicine, which was weighed and properly disposed of by law enforcement officials.

Residents of Morris County were able to bring unused or expired prescription drugs to three designated locations staffed by county law enforcement – Shoprite of Greater Morristown in Hanover Township, the ACME Supermarket in Randolph, and the Stop and Shop Supermarket in Morris Plains.

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

  • Shoprite of Greater Morristown: 105 pounds
  • Stop and Shop of Morris Plains: 110 pounds
  • ACME of Randolph: 114 pounds

Total: 329 pounds

In 2022, the Operation Take Back collections held in spring and autumn in Morris County locations yielded a combined 640 pounds.

Residents can utilize any other permanent drop box locations listed at

Prosecutor Carroll and Sheriff Gannon jointly said, “Year after year, Operation Take Back in Morris County has consistently yielded hundreds of pounds of expired and unused medications. The community relies on this service, and we thank our residents for being active participants in combatting prescription drug misuse. We also thank our law enforcement and commercial partners for making this annual event a great success.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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