Community Program Offers Anonymous Disposal of All Unused or Expired Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Medication

PARTNERS:               Boston Police Department District A-15 (Charlestown),  C-6 (South Boston), District C-11 (Dorchester), District D-14 (Allston/Brighton), District E-13 (Jamaica Plain), Charlestown Retail Organization, Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, the South Boston Hope and Recovery Coalition, Proctor & Gamble, Carney Hospital, the Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition,  St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, the Allston/Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force,  CVS Pharmacy, JP Substance Abuse Coalition, West Roxbury Probation, JP Tree of Life Coalition and Martha Eliot Health Center

WHAT:                       The Boston Police Department is partnering with several agencies to offer community members an anonymous, safe and environmentally- friendly solution to properly dispose of unused/expired prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs.

 WHERE & WHEN:    Saturday June 12, 2010 at five locations throughout the City of Boston

 Location One:

4th Annual Charlestown Open Market

Bunker Hill Mall

 Austin/Main Streets, Charlestown MA 02129

 10:00am – 1:00pm

 Location Two:

Proctor and Gamble (Formerly Gillette)

 One Gillette Park, South Boston MA 02127

9:00am – 12:00pm

Location Three:

Carney Hospital – Main Entrance

2100 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester MA 02124

10:00am – 1:00pm

Location Four:

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

11 Nevins Way, Brighton MA 02135

 9:00am – 12:00pm

 Location Five

Martha Eliot Health Center – Bromley Heath Side

 75 Bickford Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

 10:00am – 2:00pm

WHY:                          This initiative is a collaborative effort to ensure the proper disposal of expired or unused medication that has the potential to be abused or harmful to the environment. This program is to assist individuals in restricting teen access to harmful prescription narcotics. It also provides an opportunity to safely dispose of these hazardous materials by keeping them out of the water supply. Too often individuals dispose of such medication by flushing and therefore potentially exposing them to the water supply.  We are going green!                 

INSTRUCTIONS:      Community members interested in participating are asked to do the following:  - Black out personal information on pill bottles, but leave the name of the medication. If not in bottles, place in sealable plastic bags. Put all Sharps in Sharps Containers or Sturdy Bottles.