FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Police Department and the Framingham Medical Reserve Corps will participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23.
The two will allow the public to prevent medication abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday.
Bring your pills, patches, liquids, or ointments for disposal to 1 William Welch Way (in a tent in the parking lot next to the Police Station) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.
If you plan on attending the event, continue to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing.