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April 25, 2014

'Drug Take Back Day' is tomorrow

If you have begun your spring cleaning, here’s an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet. The bi-annual “Drug Take Back Day” is tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and most local police departments in the area are participating once again.

The DEA started the program three years ago and it has become a huge success. In fact, last fall, more than 200 pounds of medications from Amesbury alone were destroyed at the Covanta facility in Haverhill.

Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused or expired tablets, capsules, liquids, creams and sprays, prescription or over-the counter, to the police station rear lot, 19 School St. Medications that are not needed present a public safety issue.

The non-medical use of prescription medication ranks second to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. Young people and seniors are especially vulnerable to the dangers of prescription medications, which are left unsecured, including poisoning, overdoses and misuse.

Remove the danger from the medicine cabinet before it ends up in the wrong hands.

Needles, medical devices, thermometers and IV drugs cannot be accepted. There are now two sharps drop-off locations in the area: The Team Coordinating Agency, 66 Winter St. in Haverhill, 978-373-1181, ext. 21, or in West Newbury at 381 Main St., 978-363-1100, ext. 119.

Many insurance programs are now offering a sharps disposal option, so consult your health-care provider. For questions about the Drug Take Back Day, contact me at thomash@amesburyma.gov or 978-388-1217. A kiosk is also available in the lobby of the police station if you happen to miss the spring collection.

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The AHS Grad Night Committee needs your help. You can assure graduates have a fun event this year by stopping by the Amesbury Friendly’s “fun raising” event on Thursday, May 1. The Amesbury Friendly’s will donate 20 percent of sales to the program from purchases made between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. It’s a generous donation and the committee would like to express our sincere thanks to manager Leland Burdick and his staff.

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