Prescription Drug Drop-off Program on April 26th, 2014
THE SOUTHBOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS April 26 AT THE POLICE STATION LOCATED AT 19 MAIN STREET.
[SOUTHBOROUGH, MA] – On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Southborough Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Southborough P.D. located at 19 Main Street. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances.
New Senior Resource Officer for the Southborough Police Department
Congratulations to Officer Aaron Richardson for being named the new Senior Resource Officer for the Southborough Police Department.
Officer Richardson will be meeting with our town's senior citizens; making himself available for questions and answers; as well as serving as a liason to our town's elderly population.
On Tuesday, July 16th, the Town of Southborough will officially rollout the new CodeRED™ Emergency Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system replaces the discontinued Worcester County Reverse 9-1-1 system that had been in place for years. The CodeRED system allows us to telephone all, or targeted areas of the Town, in the case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child or evacuation notices).
On July 16th, an "all-call" notification will be sent to the published numbers already in our data base introducing the system.
In order to receive emergency notifications you must submit your information. Registration is simple, just click on the provided link to The Town of Southborough's website, here: www.southboroughtown.com/codered.htm, and fill out the required information.
This service will only be used in the case of an emergency. The information will remain completely private, and will only be made available to notify you of critical situations. We ask for your cooperation in keeping our database updated- so please register!