MILLBURY, Mass. - The fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 28 at the Millbury Police Department and residents can drop off their un-used or out-of-date medications at a new kiosk that will be permanently located at the department. The program is free of charge and anonymous, no questions asked.
" After the last Drug Take-Back event, which was a big success, we thought it wasn't good enough to do it just once every six months so now Millbury residents will be able to dispose of old or unused drugs whenever the need arises" said Judy O'Connor Millbury Department of Health Director. "Its a very positive step made between the Millbury Health Department and the Millbury Police" she added.
During the previous National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, people turned in more than 377,000 pounds of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the thousands of take-back sites that were available in all 50 states.
The threeTake-Back Days conducted by the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed nearly 1,000,000 pounds of out-dated, unused or unknown medications from homes across the country.
Bob Spain, Millbury Town Manager said, "this is a great program, allowing residents to drop off old prescription drugs anytime of the year at the kiosk in the Police Department. Its better for the enviroment than being flushed, and will help in other ways as well. Accidental poisoning by taking prescription medication is as serious a problem as is illegal drug use."
Millbury will be one of two new permanent prescription drug disposal drop-off locations in the region, with Holden being the other and eventuall all of the towns will have a permanent kiosk as part of the Central Mass. Regional Health Alliance.
Millbury residents are encouraged to drop off any and all unused prescription drugs and if possible please leave the name of the medication. If the pills are not in bottles, medication should be placed in a sealed plastic bag.
Drug Take-Back Day will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Millbury Police Department. But again, residents will now be able to drop off old prescriptions at any time, not just for the day of this program.