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Worcester Police Department
Friday September 5th, 2014 :: 02:47 p.m. EDT

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Prescription Drug Drop-Off Box Now Available at WPD

Citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location in the lobby of Worcester Police Headquarters.

Worcester Police Department has partnered with the Worcester Department of Public Health to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Now Worcester citizens won’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The collection site is open 24-hours a day. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

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Worcester Police Department
9-11 Lincoln Square
Worcester, MA 01608

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Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 508-799-8600

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