Burlington police plan drug recovery day

BURLINGTON, MA – Burlington Police will give community members the opportunity to drop off unused or expired prescription medications later this month on a scheduled Medication Take Back Day.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29 at the Burlington Police Department at the Wegmans location at 53 Third Ave in Burlington.

Burlington Police is hosting its Drug Take Back Day in partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative.

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Community members can bring any unused or expired prescription medications to Burlington Police for proper disposal.

“Too often, unused prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands,” the DEA states on its website. “It’s dangerous and often tragic.”

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The DEA has promoted its programs as safe and anonymous ways to keep drugs off the streets.

The DEA’s Drug Takeback Day usually takes place twice a year. The Burlington event this month is one of dozens planned across Massachusetts. According to the DEA’s website, the DEA’s last Drug Takeback Day in April collected approximately 360 tons of prescription drugs through 5,144 collection sites across the United States.

The program has collected a total of nearly 8,000 tonnes of prescription drugs over 22 days of recovery to date.

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