For Immediate Release
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Contact: Jessica Sacco
Merrimac Police to Host National Drug Take Back Day This Month
MERRIMAC — Chief Eric Shears announces that the Merrimac Police Department, in conjunction with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Merrimac Police Station.
“The Merrimac Police Department is honored to be hosting a Drug Take Back Day this year,” Chief Shears said. “As a community, we want to get involved in the fight against this opioid crisis. I am encouraging anyone who has unused prescriptions in their home to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands by dropping them off at the police station during this event.”
National Drug Take Back Day is a free and anonymous event that gives the public an opportunity to prevent substance abuse by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs in their possession. The DEA can accept pills and patches but cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps.
Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and municipal law enforcement partners. Since the first Take Back event, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds of drugs.
This initiative addresses a vital public health issue. Easily accessible unused prescriptions in homes are highly susceptible to abuse and misuse. Studies have shown that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Residents are advised to avoid disposing unused medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage, as these methods have potential safety and health risks.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Sept. 26 Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control site or contact the Merrimac Police Department at 978-346-8321.