FRAMINGHAM – The Town of Framingham was awarded a $10,000 MutualOne Foundation grant to support the Framingham Police Department Outreach
Initiative to help reduce the number of unused RX and OTC drugs available for circulation in the community, announced Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin to Framingham Selectmen Tuesday night.
Given the higher numbers of overdoses and deaths occurring in Downtown/South Framingham, and the increased social and environmental challenges facing these residents (e.g., low-income, lack of transportation, non-English speaking), the Police Outreach Initiative will focus efforts in the Downtown/South Framingham area, said Halpin to Selectmen.
As part of this initiative, the Town of Framingham will install 2 new take-back kiosks in the targeted area (one at each of the Waverly Street and Burkis Square community policing substations), explained the Town Manager.
In addition, police will pair up with interns and other community stakeholders to go door-to-door in the downtown/South Framingham area to increase awareness of the negative consequences of storing unused and unwanted prescription drugs (e.g., could get into the hands of children and youth, higher crime rates, etc.) and offer to remove unused or unwanted medications with no questions asked.