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Posted on: October 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Prescription Take Back Day is October 23

Got Drugs

Safely and responsibly dispose of prescription drugs on Saturday, October 23 as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. 

Residents can bring any unused or expired prescription medications to the Wellesley Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event provides a convenient and controlled means for individuals to dispose of medications, including pet medications. It also helps educate the public about the potential for accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose involving prescription drugs. 

Results from a 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that in that year alone:

  • 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers
  • 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants
  • 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives

The majority of misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from home medicine cabinets. Please remember to store any medications actively in use, in a secure safe place. 

Year-round, you can safely dispose of medications at these nearby locations: CVS Pharmacy (188 Linden Street, Wellesley), CVS Pharmacy (980 Great Plain Avenue, Needham), Beth Israel Deaconess main lobby (148 Chestnut Street, Needham), and Keyes Drug (2090 Commonwealth Avenue, Auburndale). 

Please note: Residents may dispose of any sharps, including epi-pens, at a kiosk at the Wellesley Fire Department Headquarters (457 Worcester Street) daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Place sharps in a sturdy, puncture and leak proof container. 

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