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April 5, 2013

Police to sponsor drug takeback

GEORGETOWN -- The Georgetown Police Department is taking part in a nationwide initiative to decrease prescription drug availability in our nation’s homes. This program scheduled to take place on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with a one-day collaborative effort of State and Local Law enforcement agencies.

Georgetown will have a “drop box” located in the Police Department lobby on this date to receive unused and/or unwanted prescription drugs that would normally sit on the shelves of homes accessible to children or unauthorized users.

Prescription drug abuse has risen sharply amongst teens due to the ability to acquire it from the medicine cabinets in the home. This effort to reduce the amount of medications available will make for a safer environment for those who abuse and for young children who are curious and ingest by accident or for experimentation.

Georgetown joins many other cities and towns in this collaborative effort. The drop box will continue to be available 24 hours a day.

Items for deposit include: prescription medications, pill, ointments, and patches. Over the counter drugs, vitamins, samples and even pet medications.

Items not for deposit include: Syringes, lancets, liquid medicines, thermometers, aerosol cans, inhalers, medications from businesses/clinics, and illegal drugs or substances.

The Georgetown Police Department also plans a gun “give back” program in May, 2013. Check your local news or visit the Georgetown Police Department website at: http://www.georgetownma.gov/Public_Documents/GeorgetownMA_Police/index for more information.

The program is being monitored by Sgt. Scott Hatch and Officer Michael Broderick.

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