The Falmouth Police Department will accept unused, expired, and unwanted prescription medications during a prescription take-back day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 2 PM at the police department lobby.
The prescription take-back day is done twice a year in conjunction with the Falmouth Prevention Partnership, Gosnold on Cape Cod and the Drug Enforcement Administration in attempt to take drugs out of the hands of the town’s youth and off the streets. This is the eighth annual take-back day in Falmouth.
Organizers of the event hope to bring awareness to the pressing problem of unwanted drugs that are left for children to find and use. According to Lock Your Meds, a national campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse, 70 percent of people 12 or older who abuse prescription drugs get them from their family or friends. In addition, the Falmouth Police Department has issued statements that show that over 90 percent of home break-ins are related to drugs.
No paperwork is needed and no questions will be asked of those disposing of medications. Names or labels may be removed from bottles. All liquid medications must be in sealed bottles. Needles, EpiPens or medical equipment cannot be accepted.
The take-back day is held to spread awareness about the ongoing campaign to take prescription pills of the streets and to address the prevalence of drug addictions as not only a national issue, but as statewide and local issues.
Residents can drop off medications any time at the drug kiosk located in the police department.