Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department
Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend and encourages residents to drop off their unused or expired medications.
Additional officers will be at the department on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist residents during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Saturday’s collection event is part of a semi-annual initiative organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country hold prescription “take back” events twice a year in an effort to provide community members with an easy, accessible way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs.
Drug Take Back events also serve as an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to educate the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Studies suggest that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Residents should note that liquids, needles or sharps will not be accepted.
Community members who want to dispose of old medications, but are unable to attend the Take Back Day event can call the Bedford Police Department at 781-275-1212 and an officer will come to the house to pick up the prescription drugs. They can also provide residents with a chemical that renders the drugs inactive so they can dispose of them on their own.