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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Stoughton Police Station a 24/7 Center for Disposal

A National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, and while Stoughton is not hosting an official take-back event, the Police Station has a container where residents can properly dispose of prescriptions.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another prescription drug take-back day for Saturday, Sept. 29, and while Stoughton will not be hosting an official take-back event, there is a location in town where residents can properly dispose of prescriptions 24/7/365—the Stoughton Police Station.

There is a secure prescription drug collection container that can be found in the lobby of the Stoughton Police headquarters on Rose St.

Residents can dispose of these unwanted or expired prescription drugs at the police station—no questions asked.

With the Food and Drug Administration recommending against flushing unused medicine down the toilet or disposing of it in household trash, for environmental and other reasons, these containers provide a safe method of disposal, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey and Stougthon Police Chief Paul Shastany said in a press release.

The costs of purchasing this container were split between the Norfolk County DA’s office and the Stoughton Police Department.

“Proper disposal of prescription drugs is better for the environment and helps prevent ecological harm,” Stoughton parent Todd Brown, a Clinical Instructor and Vice Chair of Northeastern University’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, wrote in an email.

“Unused prescriptions should be discarded and not left in the home,” Brown continued. “This prevents accidental ingestion by children, the elderly or pets.  It also helps reduce teenage drug abuse by decreasing access to prescription drugs.”

“The container is self-serve and situated in the lobby of the police station ready to be used,” Chief Shastany said in a press release. “Taking a few minutes out of your day to safely dispose of your un-used prescriptions can prevent crime and, frankly, the destruction of lives.”

OASIS (Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton) will be holding its own prescription drug take-back event on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the O'Donnell Middle School parking lot.

There will also be a household hazardous waste day sponsored by the Stoughton Board of Health on the same day (Oct. 20) at the OMS parking lot where residents can dispose of hazardous waste, syringes and used tires.

Check the flyer in the media galley for more information.

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