Dispose of unwanted prescriptions at Saturday drop-off


The drop-off location for this one-day event will be at the Milford Senior Center parking lot, 9 Jepson Drive, rain or shine.

Drugs can be dropped off at the Swampscott Police Station at 531 Humphrey St.

The event is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

You can safely dispose of your old or expired prescription drugs.

Anyone who is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

The DEA had a similar promotion on October 14, where people got rid of 456 tons of prescription drugs across 5,321 collection sites across the nation, according to the agency's website.

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Since then, 6.3 million pounds of unused prescription drugs have been collected, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

At the last three take-back events, officials have collected over 380 pounds of unwanted or expired drugs.

In 2017 DEA worked with its tribal law enforcement partners to set up 115 collection sites on tribal lands.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and trafficking of medications.

"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue", police said in a press release. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.