In full transparency, the following is a press release from the City of Framingham
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Police Department and Medical Reserve Corps have once again partnered to offer the public the opportunity to safely dispose unwanted/expired prescriptions, including pills, liquid medications, patches, and ointments.
The general public is welcome to drop off these items FREE of charge and do so anonymously. It should be noted that medication does not need to be brought in its original pill bottle. For anonymity, the public can compile their pills into one, unmarked bag or another container.
WHAT: A FREE, anonymous, collection for any unwanted/expired medications. The event is City sponsored and run by the Framingham Police Department and Framingham Medical Reserve Corps.
WHERE: City Hall parking lot. Enter lot on Union Ave. This is a one-way, drive through collection.
WHEN: Saturday, October 29 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHO: This event is open to the general public and is anonymous.
WHY: 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—both pose potential safety and health hazards.