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Drug disposal kiosks installed at Boston Police stations

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 15, 2013 02:51 PM

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Unused or expired medication can be disposed of at newly-installed kiosks in each of the 11 district police stations in Boston, city health officials said in a recent announcement.

The MedReturn Drug Collection kiosks are free, safe, confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, officials said. No questions will be asked of people who use the kiosks.

The kiosks were installed through a partnership between the Boston Police Department, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, which bought for the kiosks.

“Unused or expired medication can pose a risk to children, family members, and the environment,” the city’s public health commission said in a statement. “It can also be misused or abused, leading to serious complications, overdose, even death.”

The health commission said that the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives.

To learn more about how to properly use the kiosks and for an interactive map of kiosk locations, visit www.bphc.org/DrugTakeBack.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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