PEPPERELL — Chief David Scott is pleased to announce that the Pepperell Police Department turned in 143 pounds of unused medication following National Drug Take Back Day.
In collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Lt. Todd Blain coordinated a “take back” event on April 27 at the Pepperell Police Department.
The collection event was part of a semi-annual initiative, where thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country work 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.
Since first participating in a Drug Take Back event in 2012, Pepperell Police have turned in 1,047 pounds medication.
“Our first few events only brought in 30 or 40 pounds each, but in recent years, the amount of medication we turn in to the DEA has greatly increased,” Chief Scott said. “A lot of unused prescriptions unfortunately end up in our water supply or in the hands of people who misuse them, which is why these ‘take back’ events are so important. I want to thank Lt. Blain for once again coordinating this event and commend residents who took the time to properly dispose of their medications.”
Residents who missed National Drug Take Back Day can still turn in their unused medications at the Pepperell Police Department’s kiosk, which is located in the police station lobby and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents should note that liquids, needles or sharps are not accepted.