Morris to be Lauded for Drug Takeback Initiative

'MedReturn' units allow prescription drug disposal at police departments.

Thanks to county law enforcement, there's now a permanent option for those who need to safely dispose of prescription drugs.

The Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris will thank Morris County law enforcement for giving citizens a safe and secure place to dispose unwanted or expired prescription drugs with a luncheon at noon Friday at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy in Florham Park.

There are now 16 "MedReturn" stand-alone units around the county into which expired or unused meds can be dropped. The units are firmly fixed to a secure surface in a police station, where they are monitored 24/7 and are checked regularly, with the items collected then properly destroyed.

For further information about the event, the community coalition or the MedReturn box initiative, contact Barbara Kauffman, Morris County Prevention is Key Director of Prevention Services, at 973-625-1998 or at bkauffman@mcpik.org.

So far, there are boxes installed in police departments in Wharton, Roxbury, Netcong, Madison, Mt. Arlington, Montville, Denville, Mt. Olive, Rockaway Boro, Pequannock, Hanover Township, Kinnelon, Mendham Township, Jefferson, Rockaway Township and Town of Dover.

Locations will be listed on the website—www.safehealthymorris.org—after this Friday's event. There will be an app coming out soon that will allow people to find participating police departments. 

Chris May 13, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Good idea. But things like this should be funded by BigPharma and should be placed in Pharmacies instead of being funded by local town governments who are already strapped for cash. I mean, the drugs are sold by Pharmaceutical companies, they should be required to collect them, too. I think they have more resources to collect and destroy drugs than our local policemen. Cops should be out on the beat, not emptying used drug bins.
James P. Page May 16, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Why should anyone fund this? Dump it down the toilet and be done with it...


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