WAREHAM PD TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
WPD HEADQUARTERS, 2515 CRANBERRY HIGHWAY, WAREHAM, MA
On Saturday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Wareham Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to WPD Headquarters at 2515 Cranberry Highway. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps; only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. 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 by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.
The collected medications will be disposed of by Covanta Energy at several of their Energy-From-Waste facilities located throughout New England. These facilities convert collected pharmaceutical waste into clean, renewable energy for use by local communities.