CONCORD — Chief Joseph F. O’Connor is pleased to announce a mail-in program for unwanted medication disposal is available for residents.
MED-Project is a non-profit organization that allows residents to request a free, prepaid mail back envelope for the safe and secure disposal of expired or unwanted medicines.
According to the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration’s report on the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 3.6% of the population in the United States misused pain relievers in 2018 and of those, more than half had obtained those medications from a friend or relative.
“MED-Project is a great way for residents to properly dispose of any unwanted or expired medications without having to leave home,” Chief O’Connor said. “Making sure these drugs are not being stored in homes is a key step to making sure they don’t fall into the hands of a loved one struggling with substance use. This is an incredibly important and effective way to help combat the opioid crisis in our community and beyond.”
To request an envelope, click here.
Residents can send any unwanted or expired opioids and/or benzodiazepines in their original packaging or a sealed bag. Residents should not send in any other sort of medication, herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, aerosols, inhalers, sharps, drugs used solely in veterinary care, drugs used primarily for medication-assisted substance use disorder treatment, illicit drugs.
The program is authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
For more information about the MED-Project, click here. Flyers about the program are also available at the Concord Police Station.
Residents may also drop off any unwanted prescription medications in the secure take back bin located in the lobby of the Concord Police Station, 219 Walden St.