Drug take-back day

(WWLP) – Several communities in Massachusetts will participate in the national prescription drug take-back day. People are asked to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs to help prevent misuse, accidental ingestion, theft and abuse of the drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

More Americans died in 2010 from overdoses of prescription medications (22,134, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers) than from motor vehicle accidents, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) first event in September 2010, the public has surrendered over 3.4 million pounds of pills.

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites, liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

Click here for a collection site near you »

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