Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Participate in Operation Take Back

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MCPO Det. Thomas Spautz, MCPO Det. Aaron King, Prosecutor Knapp, Hanover Township Ptl. Michael Byrnes, Morris Township Ptl. Nicholas Gonzales, and Morris Township Ptl. Kyle Laauwe at the Shoprite Location in 2018.

HANOVER — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon and Hanover Township Chief of Police Mark D. Roddy announce that on Saturday, April 27, they will be participating in the first Operation Take Back program of 2019.

Operation Take Back is a bi-annual event coordinated nationally by the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Law enforcement agencies on the state, county, and municipal levels work together to host Operation Take Back across the nation. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is partnering with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Hanover Township Police Department. The goal of Operation Take Back is to encourage the public to turn over unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medicine for proper disposal. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office collect the turned over prescription drugs, and properly destroy them following the event.

Operation Take Back will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at ShopRite of Greater Morristown, 178 East Hanover Avenue, Cedar Knolls.

If you are unable drop off your medication this Saturday you can utilize any other permanent drop box locations nearest you, which are listed at the following websites by clicking here.

The program was an enormous success in Morris County in 2018. Between the two days held in April and October, there was a total of 841 pounds of prescription drugs turned in.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Operation Take Back’s success in 2018 is something to be proud of. We hope that this year’s initiative will yield similar if not better results. Properly disposing of prescription drugs plays a key role in our continued fight against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. The residents of Morris County have strongly supported this initiative in the past, and we are hopeful they will continue to do so on April 27”.