HANSON — Chief Michael Miksch is pleased to announce that the Hanson 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 1 p.m.
Hanson Police Department, 775 Main St.
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.
As part of the event, residents can drop off unwanted pills or patches, but not liquids, needles or sharps.
“The Drug Take Back event offers the community the chance to turn in their prescription pills and we encourage residents to stop by with the medications they no longer need,” Chief Miksch said. “We’d also like residents to know that in case they have medications to turn in but are unable to come to the event, the Hanson Police Department has a drop box available to residents 24/7 in our lobby.”
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. Locally, more than 80,000 pounds of drugs were collected in Massachusetts.
Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds of pills.
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.