More than 300 tons of expired or unused prescription drugs were estimated to have been collected across the country on the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last Saturday. In Duxbury the medication return box allowed residents to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.
Since the installation of the drop-off box last year, Duxbury Police Chief Matthew Clancy said residents have disposed of their old and unused medications nearly every single day.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t see people in the station to dispose of medications,” Clancy said. “In the past six months we have destroyed 60 pounds of medications and we are ready to make another delivery for safe incineration at Covanta.”
Residents can drop off prescriptions at the Duxbury Police station at 155 Mayflower Street around the clock, any day of the year. Only liquid medication and needles are unacceptable.
Safe medication drop-off locations are increasingly important, as opiate overdoses and prescription drug abuse continues to increase in Plymouth County.
"The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from friends and family members and are coming from our home medicine cabinets,” said District Attorney Timothy Cruz. “We are aware of the need to keep medications out of the reach of young children who could accidentally ingest them, however the group most likely to misuse and abuse prescription and over the counter medications are teenagers.”