MELROSE, MA -Melrose Police will participate today in the National Day of Stopping Prescription Drugs. Saturday from 10 a.m. at 2 p.m., residents may leave old, unwanted or unnecessary prescription drugs at the Melrose Police Station.
The event, which is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is free. The event last October absorbed more than 900,000 pounds of drugs in more than 5,3000 collection sites.
"Every year we partner with the DEA to eliminate potentially dangerous prescription drugs from residents' homes," said Chief Michael Lyle. "We encourage all people with expired or unwanted prescription drugs to pass through the police department this weekend to dispose of them safely."
No needles, liquids or inhalers are collected.
"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen," said Robert Patterson, acting administrator of the DEA , it's a statement. "This is a crisis that must be addressed from multiple angles, educating the public and eliminating these drugs from homes throughout the United States prevents misuse where it often begins."
DEA officials cited a recent national survey that affirmed 6.4 million prescription drugs. Most of those medications are obtained from home medicine cabinets, according to the 2015 National Survey of Drug Use and Health.
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