PLYMOUTH — Chief G. Edward Bradley is pleased to announce that the Plymouth Fire Department will once again be collecting and disposing of sharps at this year’s upcoming regional drug take-back event.
On Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Plymouth Fire Department will be participating in National Drug Take Back Day at the Plymouth Police Department, 20 Long Pond Road.
“I’m pleased to announce that we will once again be joining forces with Plymouth County Outreach, Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative and the Plymouth Area Substance Use Prevention Collaborative to host a regional drug take-back event for the community,” Chief Bradley said. “We encourage all of our residents to stop by and use this opportunity to safely dispose of sharps.”
At the event, residents will have the opportunity to dispose of any unwanted or expired prescription medications and sharps. The Plymouth Fire Department asks that residents only place needles and syringes that are in puncture proof containers or approved sharps containers into the collection bin.
The Plymouth Fire Department will also be providing sharps containers free of charge for attendees who are in need of one. The sharps containers allow residents to safely dispose of all loose or unwanted sharps.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all individuals working or attending the drug take-back event will be required to wear a proper face covering and practice social distancing at all times.
During the height of the opioid crisis, the Plymouth Fire Department, with the full support of the Town Manager and Select Board, purchased a machine capable of sterilizing used needles and then grinding them into harmless waste that can be placed into the trash.
Once sharps are collected by the Plymouth Fire Department at the event, they will then be subsequently processed at the fire headquarters.