MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – On Oct. 26, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office participated in Operation Take Back in partnership with three local police departments. Operation Take Back is held annually twice a year; in April and October. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas A. Zelante, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Hanover Township Chief of Police Mark Roddy, Morris Township Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo, Morris Plains Chief of Police Jason Kohn, Randolph Township Chief of Police David Stokoe, and others aided in the coordination of this event.
Residents of Morris County were able to bring unused or expired prescription drugs to the Shoprite of Greater Morristown in Hanover Township, the ACME Supermarket in Randolph, and/or 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 drugs collected from each location are as follows: Shoprite of Greater Morristown: 85 pounds, Stop and Shop of Morris Plains: 125 pounds, ACME of Randolph: 106 pounds. The combined total was 316 pounds.
Morris County Prosecutor Knapp said, “Operation Take Back in Morris County has consistently yielded impressive results. Once again, our community has embraced this important initiative in our continued fight against drug misuse and abuse. We would like to thank our law enforcement partners and all three commercial locations for working with our office to ensure a very productive day.”
If you were unable to drop off your medication during Operation Take Back, there are permanent drop box locations placed within local communities. To find a drop box, visit at safehealthymorris.org/dropbox.
Author: Katie Peters