You can turn in your unused prescription drugs to be disposed of safely — no questions asked — as Worcester, Millbury, Leicester, Holden and Shrewsbury once again participate in the Fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Worcester Division of Public Health, Leicester Health Department and Shrewsbury Health Department will be hosting the program, which gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
In addition to these events, permanent prescription drug take-back kiosks are located at both the Holden Police Department and the Millbury Police Department.
At the last Take Back Day on April 28, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Residents are encouraged to drop off any unused prescription and over-the-counter medications. Cross out or remove personal information on pill bottles. The name of the medication should be left. If the pills are not in bottles, medication should be placed in a sealed plastic bag. This service is free and anonymous.
Drug Take-Back Day will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the following locations:
- Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St.
- Leicester Recycling Center, 200 Mannville St.
- Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave.
- Millbury Police Department, 127 Elm St. (Kiosk)
- Holden Public Safety Building, 1370 Main St.
A sharps container will also be on site.
For more information contact the Worcester Division of Public Health at 508-799-1762. Visit www.DEA.gov additional collection site information.