NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
SATURDAY APRIL 27TH 10-1:30
CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET
PROPERLY DISPOSE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES
220 Washington St. The Somerville Police Department (available 24/7)
6 Newbury St. (Teele Square) Somerville Fire Station
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Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Somerville Health & Human Services, Police and Fire Departments announced today that, in collaboration with the efforts of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” program, Somerville will once again participate in “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The focus of the national event is to raise awareness about preventing prescription drug abuse, pollution, and theft as residents are encouraged to dispose of medications safely and properly.
Somerville Prevention Services, a division of the Health & Human Services Department, partnered with all local pharmacies to attach safe disposal guides to prescriptions filled in the month of April. The guides include information about safe disposal practices, risks associated with not disposing properly, & information about where to return unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications.
There is a permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Kiosk for medications and sharps in the lobby of the Somerville Police Department, 220 Washington Street. Disposal is free, anonymous, and available 24/7. In addition, on this day only, there will also be another kiosk available for medications only (not sharps) at the Somerville Fire Station at 6 Newbury Street.
The following items can be deposited in the medication kiosks: Prescription & over-the-counter medications, pet medications, samples of medications, pills, capsules, inhalers, ointments, patches, vitamins, and/or liquids in glass or leak-proof containers. Sharps can be returned only at the Police Station.
Please remove any identifying information (your name, address, etc.) on the label of the container or place medication in a clear Ziploc-type of bag.
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For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27,2019 Take Back Day event, contact Patty Contente at (617) 625-6600 x 7281 or Matthew Mitchell at (617)625-6600 x 2570.