DENVILLE TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURES
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SUBJECT: MED DRUG RETURN COLLECTION PROGRAM
BY THE ORDER OF:
ACCREDITATION STANDARDS: N/A
Chief of Police Christopher Wagner
SUPERSEDES ORDER #:
April 1, 2013
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the secure placing and use of the
Med Return Drug Collection Unit as part of the Community Coalition for a Safe and
Healthy Morris (CCSHM), an initiative of Morris County Prevention is Key
by Morris County law enforcement agencies is an important component of Prevention is
s effort to halt the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs.
In an effort to curb or reduce the abuse of prescription, over-the-counter, and other
unused household medication, it is the policy of the Denville Police Department to
maintain a Med Return Drug Collection Unit, located in the main lobby of the Denville
Township Police Department. This will allow Denville Township residents to anonymously
dispose of unwanted medications 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
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means the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, an
initiative of Morris County Prevention is Key
refers to a secured metal box, provided by the Community
Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, which allows Denville Township residents
to safely, securely and anonymously dispose of their unused, household
means the Denville Township Police Department.
refer to household prescription drugs, deposited by members of the
public into the Drug Collection Unit.
Prevention is Key
refers to a community-focused non-profit organization
development training, advocacy, information and referral services to the Morris
means the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
Drug Collection Unit and Educational Materials:
Morris County Prevention is Key will supply a Med Return Drug Collection Unit, in
addition to several internal plastic storage containers, to the Denville Township
Police Department free of charge.
The Collection Unit and containers will remain the property of this department.
Prevention is Key
will also facilitate the dissemination of information about the
Collection Unit and its Morris County locations via multiple media and social media
platforms to include, newspapers, information letters, Twitter and Facebook. The
Department may also distribute these materials as the Department sees fit.
If requested by the Department, Prevention is Key
may provide posters, either to
advertise the presence of the Collection Unit and/or to provide instructions for
members of the public, as to the types of materials that may be deposited.
Note Regarding Department Personnel Who Are, or May Be, Pregnant:
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, certain
medications may cause serious birth defects and should be avoided by all women
who are or might become pregnant. When making staffing decisions related to the
potential handling of the contents of the Collection Unit, the Department must be
aware of the concern that certain medications are not to be handled by women
who are pregnant or who might become pregnant.
Installation of the Collection Unit
The Department will install the Collection Unit in the main lobby of the Denville
Township Police Department, which shall meet the security and public access
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needs of the initiative. The box will be located in such a place that it will be under
video surveillance, which will be in view of the police dispatcher.
Security Needs -
The Collection Unit must be located so that members of the
public will not have access to the unit, without being visible to on-duty Department
personnel who are given instructions in how to immediately respond if any
individual attempts to damage the box, steal its contents, etc.
The Collection Unit must be bolted to the floor and must be locked at all
The Collection Unit must remain locked, and the key shall be kept in the
High Value Evidence/Property Storage Room within the Department.
Access to the Collection Unit key shall be limited to the Department
Evidence Custodian and the Assistant Evidence Custodian. The key will
remain in the High Value room at all times except when the Collection Unit
is being emptied and its contents removed for transfer to the Sheriff’s
Office and eventual destruction. A separate key, which shall be used to
access a second lock on the Collection Unit, shall be maintained and used
by the Sheriff’s Office during the collection of medications from this
Public Access Needs
Members of the public must be able to deposit medications into the
Collection Unit, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Collection Unit must be located in a place that is visible to members of
the public who visit the Department.
Members of the public must be able to deposit medications into the
Collection Unit anonymously.
Meeting the Security and Public Access Needs -
The Department shall provide
to a representative(s) of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Evidence Unit,
how the department shall oversee the security and access requirements of the
initiative. The Denville Township Chief of Police and/or his designee shall
the Department’s specific arrangements, policies, and logistical resources, to
determine whether they are appropriate.
The MCSO Evidence Unit can be reached at 973-285-6443 or 6442.
Materials Accepted Into the Collection Unit:
The Collection Unit is clearly labeled to identify the materials that may be
deposited, and the materials that may not be deposited.
The Collection Unit will accept household medications only.
The Collection Unit accepts
pills, capsules, patches, and pet medications.
The Collection Unit does not
accept mail, trash, syringes, or liquids.
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Beyond this requirement, the Department will also choose to accept the
packaging – pill bottles and cardboard boxes – along with the medications
dropped off by members of the public into the Collection Unit.
The plastic storage container shall have a plastic garbage bag inserted
within it to collect the pills, capsules, patches and pet medications. This
shall prevent spillage and reduce dust upon removal.
The Denville Township Police Department will not accept
sharps as part of the
Med Return Policy.
The Department’s Option Regarding Pill Bottles and Boxes:
The Department will allow members of the public to deposit their medications, still
in the original bottles and packages into the Collection Unit. As a result, the
Department will receive pill bottles and/or other packaging that includes labels with
the patient’s name, address, or other identifying information. The Department shall
protect the privacy of this information. This will be done by prohibiting any
Department personnel from photographing, sharing, or otherwise recording or
disseminating any labels, or the information on labels that include patient’s name,
address or other identifying information.
Removal and Transfer of Medications Placed in the Collection Unit:
The Department will ensure safety, security, and accountability throughout its
custody of medications deposited into the Collection Unit – including the process
by which medications are stored, removed and turned over to the Sheriff’s Office
for transportation and destruction.
The Department will keep a Med Return Transfer Log to record the date and time
of each activity such as accessing the unit, emptying its contents and turning over
the medications to Sheriff’s Office personnel for destruction. This log shall contain,
but not be limited to, the date and time, type of activity, the Department Evidence
and Property Custodian(s) present during the transfer and the Sheriff’s officer
taking possession of the contents of the Collection Unit. The custody log will be
signed by the department evidence custodian who conducts the transfer, as well
as by the Sheriff’s officer who takes responsibility for the collection of the
The Department will retain the Med Return Transfer Logs and will send copies to
the Sheriff’s Office upon their request. The Custody logs may be sent by email
(with an attachment in a PDF format) or regular mail, depending on the
A blank Med Return Transfer Log is included with this policy as Attachment A.
Removal of Medications from the Collection Unit:
The Department must ensure that law enforcement personnel empty the Collection
Unit, and remove its contents for transportation and destruction, at least once a
month – or more often, if feasible
. Because medications in the Collection Unit
may create dust, it is recommended that officers wear gloves and dust masks
while removing materials from the Collection Unit. Please also see subsection
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III, about the potential danger to Department personnel who are or may
The process of emptying medications from the box will include the following steps:
Two officers, to include a Department Evidence Custodian and one
Sheriff’s officer, will be present when the Collection Unit is opened and
The plastic bag containing the deposited medication shall be sealed and
removed from the plastic storage container. After removing its contents,
the Department Evidence Custodian and/or the collecting Sheriff’s Officer
shall place a new plastic bag placed back into the collection unit and close
and lock it. The Department Evidence Custodian shall return the Collection
Unit key to the Department’s High Value evidence room for safekeeping.
After locking the unit, the plastic bag containing the deposited medications
shall be placed into a cardboard box provided by the Sheriff’s Office and
sealed with evidence tape by the department evidence officer and then
turned over to the collecting Sheriff’s officer, who will take possession of
the medications for transportation and later destruction.
The Department Evidence Custodian assisting with the transfer will
accurately record these activities in the Departments Med Return Transfer
Log and sign the log, in addition to the Sheriff’s officer taking possession of
the Collection Unit’s contents, a tic-tac sheet shall be completed for the
Sheriff’s Evidence Custodian, which will be supplied by them
In addition to the transfer log entry, the Department Evidence Custodian
shall also generate a Department CAD entry titled “Med Return Transfer”
and have listed in the entry notes the activity conducted.
The MCSO Evidence Unit shall contact the department one day prior to
pick-up. Pick-up shall be by MCREDS Region. Region 1 shall be the first
week of the month; region 2 shall be the second week; Region 3 the third
week; and Region 4 the fourth week.
If a municipality advertises to participate in a Pill Collection Program, the
department shall contact the Evidence Unit for a pick-up prior to the event.
In special circumstances where the Collection Unit needs to be accessed or
emptied prior to the minimum monthly collection dates, the Department Evidence
Custodian or Assistant Evidence Custodian shall contact the Evidence/Property
Unit of the Morris County Sheriff’s Department requesting that they respond to
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Evidence/Property Unit can be reached at 973-
285-6443 or 6442.
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Denvil e Township Police Department Med Return Transfer Log
Date / Time
Evid. Custodian (Signature)
MCSO (Signature/Badge #)
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