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Wellesley Police to hold prescription drug take back day on September 29

Posted by Evan Allen  September 27, 2012 09:59 AM

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The Wellesley Police Department is holding a prescription drug “Take Back Day” on Sept. 29. Wellesley Police will be working with Drug Enforcement Administration officials and the Wellesley Health Department to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction site.

The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, according to a Wellesley Police press release. The take-back addresses a public safety and public health issue.

The majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, according to the release, and many people don’t know how to properly dispose of old medications.

The take-back will be held at the Wellesley Police Station on Washington Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be accepted, but injectables and intravenous solutions will not be accepted. You can bring needles, but they must be in a sturdy container.

Illegal drugs are not part of this take-back.

The Wellesley Police Department always accepts prescription drugs in the lobby of the police department. There is an anonymous turn in box that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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