Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906
For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Saugus Police to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day
SAUGUS — Chief Domenic J. DiMella announces that the Saugus Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day next weekend in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
On Saturday, April 29, the department will be accepting expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at the police station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-offs are free and will remain anonymous. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Anyone looking to dispose of these should contact the Saugus Police Department to make special arrangements.
“Every prescription drug that is dropped off at our station greatly reduces the risk of that drug ending up in the wrong hands,” Chief DiMella said. “We encourage anyone with unused or unwanted drugs to come to the station next weekend to properly dispose of these medications.”
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds – more than 3,500 tons – of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their previous methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential environmental, safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, visit the DEA Diversion Website or contact the Saugus Police Department at 781-941-1199.