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Prescription Take-Back Day a Smashing Success

The OASIS sponsored Prescription Take Back program helped gather unused prescription drugs from the community, getting these drugs out of homes and properly incinerated.

Submitted by OASIS (Organizing Against Substances In Stoughton):

On Oct. 15, sponsored a Prescription Take Back program at the , in conjunction with the town’s HAZMAT day. Volunteers from , a local pharmacy, and the Visiting Nurses Association staffed a table responsible for gathering unused prescription drugs from the community. 

“Extra” pain and other controlled drugs left in medicine cabinets at home are a significant source of drug abuse, particularly for teenagers who are curious about the effects. 

Getting these drugs out of homes and properly incinerated helps to make the community safer.

More than 50 residents brought in drugs for disposal.  Medications turned in included Codeine, Oxycodone and other opiate drugs (for treating pain); Clonazepam, Lorazepam, and other drugs for treating anxiety; and Ritalin and other drugs that treat Attention Deficit Disorder. 

All of these types of drugs are potentially abused, and can lead to addiction if used improperly.

OASIS would like to thank the volunteers who helped out last month, including Reverend Jean Lenk, Teresa Tapper, Pat Small and Amy Bourkiche.  Thanks to them and others, including the , the day was a smashing success.

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(Organizing Against Substances In Stoughton) is a coalition of representatives from: Stoughton Youth Commission, Schools, Police, District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Court, Chamber of Commerce, Local Clergy, as well as various agencies within the community, committed to reducing the use of alcohol and illegal drugs in Stoughton.

Have questions about OASIS? Contact Karen Hall if you would like more information on the coalition and our activities at KHall@Stoughton-MA.gov. Of, if you have a question for a coalition member you can either:

(1)  Submit it online at www.StoughtonOasis.org.

(2)  Post it to the OASIS Facebook page.

(3)  Send it to: Karen Hall, SYC, 110 Rockland Street, Stoughton, MA 02072.

Your questions will be shared with a coalition member that can offer you the best answer and the reply will be posted on the OASIS Website.  Frequently asked questions may appear in future articles as well.  Look for “OASIS on the MOVE” twice a month right here on Patch.

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