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Prescription drug collection set for Saturday

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  June 14, 2013 02:25 PM

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The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition is holding its annual prescription drug “Take Back” Saturday to allow residents to properly dispose of prescription drugs.

The collection, now in its fourth year, allows residents to safely get rid of unused medication and is designed to address prescription drug abuse and lack of proper disposal.

People who have unused medication can drop them in the safe disposal medication bags that have been distributed throughout the neighborhood.

“Take Back successfully brings together the entire community around one cause -- taking prescription drugs out of our neighborhood,” Beth Rosenshein, director of the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, said in a statement.

The coalition, a MGH Center for Community Health Improvement program, organized the collection with the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and Boston Police Department.

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is not safe for the environment, organizers said in a press release.

Residents who drop off a bag of unused prescriptions will receive a $5 gift card from a local merchant, such as Ambiance, Dunkin' Donuts, Grasshopper Café, Toni Ann’s, Color for Nails, Hair Cuttery, Unleashed, or Olivia Browning.

More than 150 people turned in 580 vials of prescription medication and 53 vials of narcotic medications at last year’s collection.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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