Somerville Participates In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Pile of Prescription Pills and Bottles

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SOMERVILLE (WBZNewsRadio) - Saturday marks National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, local and national police and fire departments hosting collection events for the public to safely disposed of prescription medications.

Matthew Mitchell is the preventative services manager for the City of Somerville and says the event is meant to encourage residents to get the drugs out of their cabinets, especially if they're expired.

"Return them." He told WBZ's Mike Macklin "So that we don't have them potentially end up in anyone else's hands to potentially misuse."

The City of Somerville hosted an event running between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at two locations at the Community Outreach, Help and Recovery (COHR) Department and the Prevention Services Division at 220 Washington Street and 6 Newbury Street. The city is also offered free Narcan at each location.

In addition to the annual event, the city offers 24/7, year-round disposal kiosks at the Public Safety Building on Washington Street for medications and sharps, such as needles and syringes.

WBZ's Mike Macklin reports

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