SOMERVILLE TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY, APRIL 30

  

Dispose of unwanted prescription medication at one of three sites in Somerville.

 

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Somerville Health and Human Services, Police and Fire Departments announced today that, in collaboration with the efforts of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the “National Prescription Drug Take-Back” program, Somerville will celebrate “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 30. The focus of the National event is to raise awareness to prevent prescription drug abuse, pollution and theft. Residents are invited to bring unused pills for disposal to one of three sites in the community:

 

· Somerville Police Department, 220 Washington St.

· Somerville Fire Headquarters, 266 Broadway

· Teele Sq. Fire Station, 6 Newbury St.

 

The service is free and anonymous.

 

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Doug Kress, Director of Health and Human Services. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”

 

For more facts and information, visit:

· http://www.drugfree.org

· http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin

· http://www.odprevention.org

· http://www.mwra.com/04water/html/pharmaceuticals.htm

· http://www.epa.gov/ppcp/faq.html#regulated

 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 Take Back Day event, contact Patty Contente at (617) 625-6600 x 7281 or Cory Mashburn at (617) 625-6600 x 2570.

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