Paul A. Nikas, Chief of Police
15 Elm St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Ipswich Police to Host Prescription Drug Take Back Day and Touch-a-Truck Event
IPSWICH — Chief Paul Nikas is pleased to announce that the Ipswich Police Department and Ipswich Aware are teaming up to host a Prescription Drug Take Back Day and Touch-A-Truck event later this month.
The day of events promises to bring together the community to get up close and personal with trucks and public safety vehicles, as well as receive vital information and resources about expired and unwanted prescription drugs.
Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ipswich High School, 134 High St.
- Ipswich Aware, a multi-disciplinary collaborative of key stakeholders throughout Ipswich working to address the issue of drug addiction in the community
- Members of the Ipswich Police Department and other town leaders
The Ipswich Police Department will be providing safe and secure prescription drug disposal for all members of the Ipswich community.
At the same time, Touch-A-Truck brings your child’s favorite public safety and construction vehicles to life so children can learn about local police, fire and emergency services while exploring real-life fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles.
“This event has become a tradition for us, and I look forward to seeing as many families as possible,” Chief Nikas said. “We think it’s great to combine a fun, family-friendly event with important work providing a safe way for residents to surrender their unwanted and unneeded drugs to ensure those potentially deadly and addictive medicines don’t end up in the wrong hands.”
National Drug Take Back Day, which is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is designed to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Residents should note that liquids, needles or sharps will not be accepted.
Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans improperly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.