A National Prescription Drug Take Back Event is returning to the Hamilton Police Department on Saturday for the 11th time in the past six years.
The event is planned for Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drop off point is the Hamilton Public Safety Building, 265 Bay Road, where expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected anonymously with no questions asked and at no charge. Liquids, needles and sharps can not be accepted – only pills or patches will be accepted.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event addresses a public safety and public health issue by giving Hamilton residents a way to safely dispose of prescription drugs that may be languishing in home cabinets that are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Many residents do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine and often flush it down the toilet or throw it away, but both methods are potential safety and health hazards.
Take back events such as this also help reduce the rates of prescription drug abuse because studies show that that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends from the home medicine cabinet. Hamilton police along with other public safety agencies want everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and make their home safe from drug theft and abuse.
During a similar event last fall, 350 tons of prescription drugs were collected at nearly 9,000 sites nationwide. For more information about the Take Back Day event, check the Drug Enforcement Agency Diversion website or contact Hamilton Police Sgt. Stephen Trepanier at 978-468-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.