By John Anderson
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, September 26th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The DEA has conducted 9 Take-Back over the past 4 years and has collected and disposed of 4.8 million pounds of unwanted medication. This process keeps medications out of the wastewater process and subsequent discharge into rivers since medication is not removed when sewerage is processed.
In Auburn, people are not limited to a large-scale event and can dispose of unwanted medications 365 days a year in the lobby of the Auburn Police Department. The green collection box is deposit only and is locked. It was installed in a collaborative effort between the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Auburn, and Wheelabrator Millbury which disposes of the medication.
Darlene Coyle, Director of Development & Inspectional Services, told Auburn Mass Daily the container is emptied regularly, usually about every 2 months. It is considered to be a success since unused medications are safely out of the hands of children, people who are not prescribed the medications, and those who may abuse medications.
Saturday is a great day to clean out your old medications and bring them over to the Auburn Police Department. The drop is anonymous.