In their effort to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of those who would abuse them, the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with local police departments will today hold the fourth annual “Drug Take Back Day” at a number of local venues.
Today’s mission is to collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions for destruction at sites regionwide from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The pubic can go to a nearby collection site and drop off old prescriptions with no questions asked. Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, theft, misuse, and abuse.
Many in this region are taking part. According to those listed on the agency’s website, drop-off sites are located at the police stations in Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Salisbury, West Newbury and Seabrook, as well as at Salisbury’s CVS , Merrimac’s Senior Center and Rowley’s Council on Aging. For the location of other sites, visit www.dea.gov and click on the “Got Drugs” icon.
The public has embraced the opportunity to get rid of unneeded prescriptions at these annual events. Since DEA’s first in September, 2010, the public has surrendered more than 3.4 million pounds of pills.