DEA and local police to offer prescription drug disposal


 DEA and local police to offer prescription drug disposal 

    The Wareham Police Department will conduct a prescription drug take-back and disposal day as part of a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Wareham Fire Department, located at 273 Main Street. Wareham and surrounding area town residents are encouraged to gather expired, unused and unneeded medications, which will be collected and safely disposed of by the DEA at no cost to the local community.

    Chief Richard Stanley urges Wareham residents to take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. “Prescription drugs are currently abused by people in greater numbers than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined,” Chief Stanley said. Non-medical use of prescription drugs is very dangerous and leads to a high rate of addiction. In most cases, people are able to obtain these drugs from their homes, or from a friend’s home.” Chief Stanley reiterated that the Wareham Police Department is committed to the effort in helping remove potentially dangerous drugs from area homes and dispose of them legally and safely. Chief Stanley added, “Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem and one that we all need to address.” 

    The prescription drug disposal is completely anonymous and free of charge for area residents. Please note that syringes, needles, medical devices, thermometers, and IV bags cannot be accepted.

    For more information, please contact Detective Allan Courchesne of the Wareham Police Department at 508-295-1212 ext. 2238, or by e-mail at daily during the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.