Warren B. Ryder, Chief of Police
520 Massachusetts Ave.
Boxborough, MA 01719
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
Contact: Kelsey Bode
Email: [email protected]
Boxborough Police to Host Drug Take Back Day Event
BOXBOROUGH — Chief Warren Ryder reports that the Boxborough Police Department will hold a Prescription Drug Take Back Day event next week.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Boxborough Police Headquarters, 520 Massachusetts Ave.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a semi-annual event that is administered by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country hold prescription “take back” events biannually in an effort to provide residents with an easy, accessible way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs. Drug Take Back events also serve as an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to educate the public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Studies suggest that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
“We’re encouraging residents to take part in next week’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and properly dispose of medications that can be dangerous to store at home,” Chief Ryder said. “As our society continues to combat the opioid crisis, we feel a duty as a department to do our part to help our community dispose of these drugs.”
Boxborough residents are encouraged to drop off expired and unused prescription medications at the Prescription Drug Take Back Day Event, where Boxborough Police will take over custody of the medication and properly dispose of it.
Residents should note that liquids, needles or sharps will not be accepted.