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Drug Take Back!
A prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, Sept. 29th from 10 A.M.-2 P.M. at the Barrington Police Station on Federal Road. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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, 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.
In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
More About Town of Barrington Police Department
Police Chief John M. LaCross describes the 24-officer and six-civilian department as extremely "community oriented," a police force that dedicates itself to protecting and preserving the rights, property, safety and dignity of residents.
From investigating violent crimes to handing out routine traffic citations, the department strives to serve the community's needs day and night. Proactive patrols offer high visibility as a deterrent to crime, and a "pretty successful" tip line allows residents to "call us with confidential and anonymous" information about suspicious activity and possible crimes (401-437-3933).
Two full time detectives investigate hundreds of cases each year, including larcenies, house breaks, sexual assaults, credit card fraud, narcotics possessions and burglaries. Community relations initiatives enhance community policing efforts, including self-defense training for women. The department also has a bike patrol unit and handles animal control. It works closely with the town's alcohol and drug abuse coalition, the Bay Team.