BEDFORD — Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will once again be participating in National Drug Take Back Day.
Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bedford Police Department, 2 Mudge Way
National Drug Take Back Day is a free, no-questions-asked event that gives the community the opportunity to aid in the fight against substance abuse by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs.
“Drug Take Back Day has become a tradition that we look forward to as a way to provide residents with an easy way to rid themselves of unwanted medications,” Chief Bongiorno said. “A significant amount of prescription medications that fall into the wrong hands come from home medicine cabinets, so I encourage everyone to do their part to prevent drug misuse by bringing them to the station to ensure proper disposal.”
Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds of pills.
As part of the event, residents can drop off unwanted pills or patches, but not liquids, needles or sharps.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, about the Oct. 26 Take Back Day or for complete results from past Take Back Day events, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.