The goal of the prescription drop box program is to promote the safe disposal of prescription medications to prevent misuse and ensure these items stay out of our water system.
The Prescription Drug Drop Box is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is located in the main lobby of the police station.
There are three types of prescription medications that are commonly misused. They are:
- Opioids: narcotic painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet or Codeine.
- Depressants: used to relieve anxiety or help sleep, like Valium, Klonopin or Xanax.
- Stimulants: used for treating attention deficit disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall or Ritalin.
(Mass. Dept. Health and Human Services, 2015)
What happens to the Medication I drop off? The prescription drugs you drop off goes into a locked container in our lobby which is emptied frequently and stored in a secure area of the Police Station. Periodically, Officers transport the medications via police cruiser directly to the incinerator. Once at the incinerator Officers watch as they are destroyed.
(Image Below: Prescription Drugs are put into an incinerator under the careful eye of Officers)