Hamilton Police Chief Featured in Television PSA Promoting Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day

prescription drug take back day police chiefsHamilton Police Chief Russell Stevens is featured in a public service announcement publicizing Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day.

Hamilton police are working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to host the spring Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29.

The take back day will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Safety Building at 265 Bay Road. In addition to Saturday’s take back day, there is always a medicine dropbox in the police station lobby.

The public service announcement featuring Stevens (who is the third officer from the left) has been running on WCVB-TV channel 5 this week to get out the word about this Saturday’s drug take back day.

Hamilton police are asking residents to clean out their home of unwanted medication and dispose of the drugs on the take back day.

Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is an opportunity to help reduce the threat. 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.

 

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Drug Take Back Day Planned for Oct. 22

img_1450The Hamilton Police Department, working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will again this year participate in the Drug Take Back program.

In addition to the medicine dropbox in the police station lobby, the take back day will be on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Safety Building at 265 Bay Road.

Hamilton police are asking residents to clean out their home of unwanted medication and dispose of the drugs on the take back day.

New Prescription Drug Drop Box Available in Police Station Lobby

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Hamilton Police Sgt. Stephen Trepanier stands with the new prescription drop box in the lobby at the Hamilton Police Station at 265 Bay Road.

A new drug collection box is now available in the lobby at the Hamilton Police Department, where residents can safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The drop off box is a safe and secure location for Hamilton residents to get rid of unwanted medications 24-hours a day, according to Hamilton Police Chief Russell Stevens.

The drug box is part of an effort to reduce access to prescription drugs for teenagers, who report they can easily obtain prescription pills from medicine cabinets in their own or other people’s homes, according to Stevens. Unused and out-of-date medicines are also danger because of the chance of theft and misuse. Additionally, flushing medications down the sink or toilet can contaminate the water supply, Stevens said.

This drop box is open to anyone for free and will accept almost all unwanted prescription drugs but syringes cannot be placed in the drop box under any circumstances. Medications in standard containers and loose medication in plastic bags can be deposited in the box as well as liquid medications, which need to be in secure containers and placed in a plastic bag before being dropped in the box. All of the prescription drugs placed in the box will be legally and safely disposed.

Hamilton Police Sgt. Stephen Trepanier and Officer Matthew Donovan, along with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, helped get the MedReturn drop box for the Hamilton Police Department through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Drug Take Back Day Saturday: No Cost and No Questions

Temazepam_10mg_tablets-1National 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 strepanier@hamiltonma.gov.

Prescription Drug Takeback Comes to Hamilton Police Station on Saturday

Temazepam_10mg_tablets-1The Hamilton Police Department will be one of the participating locations taking part in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event put on by the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The drop off point is at the Hamilton Public Safety Building at 265 Bay Road.

Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is an opportunity to help reduce the threat. 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.