The City of Somerville is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this month, hosting two collection events for residents to safely dispose of prescription medications.
Collection events will take place Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 220 Washington St. and 6 Newbury St. Staff from the City’s Community Outreach, Help, and Recovery (COHR) Department and the Prevention Services Division will be at both locations to collect unused or expired medications and used sharps (needles and syringes) and to provide overdose prevention information and resources. Free harm reduction materials including Narcan, fentanyl test strips, CPR face shields, and syringe disposal boxes will also be available.
Before disposing of bottled medications, remove or scratch out any personal information but keep the medication name visible. Sharps should be placed in a secure container (like a coffee can or laundry detergent bottle) before disposing. Liquid medications will also be accepted.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for misuse of medications. In addition to hosting collection events each spring and fall, Somerville offers 24/7 year-round disposal kiosks at the Public Safety Building (220 Washington St.) for medications and sharps.
For more information, contact Prevention Services Manager Matthew Mitchell at email@example.com or (617) 625-6600 ext. 2570.