By Yasmine Hung, Youth Substance Use Prevention Coordinator @ Healthy Chelsea
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.
The City of Chelsea City Manager Thomas Ambrosino and Police Chief Brian Kyes are again hosting the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10AM to 2PM at Chelsea Police Headquarters.
This national program aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The public is asked not to dispose of any items listed on the front of the kiosk such as needles, auto-injectors such as epi-pens or flammable objects. There is a separate container to dispose of sharps.
If you live in a surrounding community, visit DEATakeBack.com to find a collection site near you.
Additionally, the citizens of Chelsea are reminded that this public collection kiosk at Police Headquarters is available for anonymous use 365 days a year.