Another prescription drug take-back day is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at the Barrington police station. Mark your calendars. Collect your expired prescription drugs.
You can get a combination lock box to safeguard your prescriptions drugs at home at the same time. Prescription lock boxes are particularly useful if you have children, especially teens who might invite friends into your home.
The BAY Team, Barrington’s substance abuse prevention coalition, and the Barrington Police Department are teaming up again to take back expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal. Some could be dangerous.
Stop by the Public Safety Building on Federal Road from 10 am to 2 pm. You can drop off your drugs in the lobby.
The take-back day is free and anonymous -- no questions asked.
"The event has a two-fold purpose," said Kathy Sullivan, BAY Team director. "You can get rid of expired drugs and prevent access to medications by people who have an addiction. It is also a safe way to dispose of medications, which often end up in our drinking water after they are flushed."
“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet,” according to a BAY Team flyer promoting the event.
After the prescription drugs are turned in, they are picked up by a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officer and then taken away for incineration.
BAY Team volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance. Ask them for the lock boxes.
More Rhode Islanders die from accidental drug overdoses connected to prescriptions than any other cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And teen abuse of prescription drugs is growing. It is considered the fastest-growing drug problem in the country.