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Belmont, DEA to take back prescription drugs, no questions asked

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 10, 2013 01:26 PM

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Belmont police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a prescription drug take-back event later this month to help cut down on the abuse, theft, and environmental implications of the medications.

Belmont officials said that old, unused, and expired prescription drugs can sometimes be stolen or misused, especially by family and friends. And when improperly disposed, the medications can seep into the environment, causing a potential health hazard.

Federal and local officials are hosting the event so that the agencies can dispose of the drugs in a responsible way, they said.

A collection point will be set up Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Department of Public Works yard at 37 C St. Old and unused prescription drugs, except liquids, can be dropped for free with no questions asked. Participants won't even have to get out of the car, officials said.

Belmont police are also reminding residents that they have a permanent prescription drug collection kiosk in the police station's lobby that can be accessed 24/7.

For more information on the prescription drug take-back initiative, or to find a list of additional collection sites, visit www.dea.gov or contact Belmont Police Lt. Daley at kdaley@belmontpd.org.

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