Melrose Medication Take Back Day Is April 30!

Melrose Take Back Day Ad 4-30-16

The Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Melrose Police Department invite you to participate in National Medication Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean spending a whole weekend in your attic, garage, or basement anymore; it also includes cleaning out your medicine cabinet! We are fortunate in Melrose to have the ability to safely dispose of medications and syringes all year round. For over five years, the Melrose Police Department has operated a permanent medication drop box located in the station’s lobby available 24/7, while Melrose City Hall on Main Street maintains a syringe drop box available during regular business hours (Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.).

WHO: Anyone can participate in National Take Back Day to help curb prescription drug diversion and abuse!

WHAT: Get rid of any expired or unused medications. Some examples of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include: opioids (such as pain relievers OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet), depressants (Xanax, Valium), and stimulants (Concerta, Adderall).

Accepted in Drop Box

  • Prescription meds, patches, liquids, ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medications for pets

Not Accepted in Drop Box

  • Needles (Sharps) *accepted at City Hall during regular business hours)*
  • Thermometers
  • Aerosol Cans or inhalers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

WHERE: Melrose Police Dept. 56 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176 – (781)-665-1212

WHEN: Saturday, April 30th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

WHY: Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing problem in our region, especially for our youth. Among adolescents, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the commonly abused illicit drugs by high school seniors. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey, more than 50% of high school seniors report that prescription drugs are “fairly easy or very easy to get.” When asked how prescription narcotics were obtained for nonmedical use, 70% of 12th graders said they got them from a friend or relative, most times straight from their medicine cabinet without someone knowing.

There is a common myth that abusing prescription drugs is “safer” than abusing illicit drugs. However, when prescription drugs are taken repeatedly or in large doses, this changes the way the brain reacts and can make it harder for someone to feel good without the drug, leading to cravings, addiction, and potentially overdose.

In addition to getting the drugs out of the home, disposing of them at the community drop box is also an environmentally friendly way to prevent drugs from being flushed down the toilet and getting into the water supply.

Help protect your family, your community, and the environment by properly disposing of the prescription and over-the-counter medications you no longer need. Remember, if you cannot attend this Saturday’s event, you may bring ALL unused and/or expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to the Melrose Police Department to the drop box located in the lobby, available 24/7. Syringes can be brought to Melrose City Hall on Main Street during regular business hours. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, please call 781-979-4128.

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