Another 'Drug Take Back' Coming Up
The Barrington Police Station will have boxes for you to drop in your unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, Sept. 29; stick a note on your medicine cabinet.
Another “Drug Take Back” is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 29.
It’s a day for you to rid your house of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The “take back” involves the Barrington Police Department, the BAY Team – Barrington’s prevention coalition, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) working as partners to prevent pill abuse and theft.
“Our local Drug Take Back events have been very successful," said Kathleen Sullivan, program director for the BAY Team. “We appreciate the time and effort that community members take to rid their homes of potentially dangerous medications.”
She gave particular praise to the BAY Team's take back committee.
You can crop off your unwanted prescription drugs in the lobby of the police station in the Public Safety Building on Federal Road from 10 am to 2 pm
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, said Sullivan.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, she said. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, Sullivan said, 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.
Empty out your medicine cabinet on Saturday, Sept. 29. The DEA will pick up your unwanted prescription drugs and dispose of them for you.