WAKEFIELD — Chief Steven Skory is pleased to announce that the Wakefield Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will once again be participating in National Drug Take Back Day this weekend.
Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wakefield Public Safety Building, 1 Union Street, Wakefield
National Drug Take Back Day is a biannual, free, no-questions-asked event that gives the community the opportunity to aid in the fight against substance use disorder by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs. As part of the event, residents can drop off unwanted pills or patches, but not liquids, needles or sharps.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2019 alone an estimated 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives.
“We would like to invite all residents to attend National Drug Take Back Day to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs,” Chief Skory said. “This is a great opportunity to remove these substances from your home and make sure they’re disposed of properly.”
The community is also reminded that masks and social distancing will be required at both the Wakefield Police Department’s National Drug Take Back Day event and any time residents visit the drug disposal kiosk during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, about this month’s Take Back Day or for complete results from past Take Back Day events, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.