Town of Arlington
Health and Human Services
Christine Bongiorno, Director
27 Maple St.
Arlington, MA 02476
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Arlington to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Day
ARLINGTON — The Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition (AYHSC), in collaboration with the Arlington Police Department, will participate in the National Drug Take-Back Day on September 27, 2014 by hosting a collection event at the Arlington Police Station.
Police officials and coalition volunteers will be on-hand to collect expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs from Arlington residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Proper disposal of medication is essential to the prevention of prescription drug abuse,” said Christine Bongiorno, Director of Health and Human Services for the Town of Arlington. “We are committed to working with the Arlington Police Department to reduce the supply of unwanted medications in the community, especially those with a strong potential for abuse.”
“The Arlington Police Department recognizes the importance of reducing the supply of unwanted prescription drugs in our community,” said Police Chief Frederick Ryan. “Every prescription bottle collected is one less supply of addictive and potentially fatal drugs in our community. We are proud to support National Drug Take-Back Day.”
In addition to the risk of drugs ending up in the wrong hands, improper disposal of medications can cause significant harm to the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency discourages the flushing of medications, as well as the disposal of medications in household garbage due to their polluting effects in wastewater.
Please note: needles will not be accepted during the take-back event on September 27. Sharps will be collected at Community Collection Day on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the DPW office located at 51 Grove Street. All sharps must be in approved sharps containers.