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Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday, September 27th.

Take Back 2014Once again, police departments and law enforcement agencies across Rhode Island will participate in the very popular Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27th.

Created by the DEA, Prescription Drug Take Back Day gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Since the program began in 2010, Americans have turned in more than over 4.1 million pounds, or 2,100 tons, of pharmaceuticals.

Below is a list of participating locations for this year's Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00am - 2:00pm:
* indicates police departments that offer secure drop-off locations for unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs year-round

Barrington Police Department *
100 Federal Road

CVS - 180 County Road

Bristol Police Department
395 Metacom Avenue

Burrillville Police Department *
1477 Victory Highway

Central Falls Police Department
Forand Manor - 30 Washington Street

Charlestown Police Department *
4901 Old Post Road

Coventry Police Department
CVS Parking Lot - 763 Tiogue Avenue

Cranston Police Department
5 Garfield Avenue

Cumberland Police Department
1380 Diamond Hill Road

East Greenwich Police Department
Police Station Lobby - 176 First Avenue

East Providence Police Department
750 Waterman Avenue

Foster Police Department *
182 Howard Hill Road

Glocester Police Department
162 Chopmist Hill Road

Hopkinton Police Department *
406 Woodville Road

Jamestown Police Department *
250 Conanicus Avenue

Johnston Police Department
Johnston Senior Center - 1291 Hartford Avenue

Little Compton Police Department *
60 Simmons Road

Lincoln Police Department
Lincoln Town Hall - 100 Old River Road

Middletown Police Department *
123 Valley Road

Stop and Shop - 1360 West Main Road

Newport Police Department
120 Broadway

North Kingstown Police Department *
8166 Post Road

North Providence Police Department
1967 Mineral Spring Avenue

North Smithfield Police Department
575 Smithfield Road

Pawtucket Police Department
121 Roosevelt Avenue

Portsmouth Police Department
2270 East Main Road

Providence Police Department
325 Washington Street *

The Miriam Hospital - 164 Summit Avenue

Walgreens Parking Lot - 354 Admiral Street

Walgreens Parking Lot - 533 Elmwood Avenue

Rhode Island State Police
Scituate Barracks (Headquarters)
311 Danielson Pike, North Scituate

Lincoln Woods Barracks
1575 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln

Hope Valley Barracks
54 Nooseneck Hill Road, Richmond

Wickford Barracks
7875 Post Road, North Kingstown

Richmond Police Department *
1168 Main Street

Scituate Police Department
116 Main Street

Smithfield Police Department
215 Pleasant View Avenue

South Kingstown Police Department
1790 Kingstown Avenue, Wakefield

Warren Police Department
1 Joyce Street

Warwick Police Department *
99 Veterans Memorial Drive

West Warwick Police Department
1162 Main Street

West Warwick Youth Center - 40 Factory Street

Westerly Police Department *
60 Airport Road

Woonsocket Police Department *
242 Clinton Street

Check with your local police department to see if they offer this service.

Recently, United State Attorney Eric Holder announced that DEA is expanding regulations to allow pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other authorized collectors to serve as authorized drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs. Under the new policy, long-term care facilities will also be able to collect controlled substances turned in by residents of those facilities, and prescription drug users everywhere will have permission to directly mail in their unused medications to authorized collectors. As they have done in the past, local and state law enforcement agencies will continue to offer drop-off locations.

According to a 2013 survey, roughly 6.5 million people nationally ages 12 and older are current nonmedical users of prescription drugs.  As recently as 2011, more than half of the 41,300 unintentional drug overdose deaths in the United States involved prescription drugs—and opioid pain relievers were involved in nearly 17,000 of those deaths.

Rhode Island continues to lead the region in the number of fatal overdoses from heroin and prescription drugs this year. Earlier this month, the Rhode Island Department of Health reported that fatal overdoses had climbed to 142 individuals this year alone. At a conference in Providence, a professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at Brown University reported that a majority of individuals get their drugs through doctors’ prescriptions (27 percent) or friends and relatives (23 percent) as compared to illegal drug dealers (15 percent). The professor also reported that Rhode Island is one of the top states in the national with people seeking prescriptions for opioids for pain relief.

“As much attention that has been paid to overdoses from fentanyl laced heroin earlier this year, reports indicate that another killer continues to hide in plain sight in our medicine cabinets. In fact, reports show that nearly four in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug have obtained it from their parents’ medicine cabinet,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “Easy access and subsequent over reliance and abuse of opioids leads people down a dangerous and potentially deadly path. If we are going to break the cycle of drug abuse and addiction, we need to take a multi-prong approach; which includes making it easy for people to safely dispose of prescription medication. I applaud the DEA for the new regulations and urge all pharmacies and healthcare facilities in Rhode Island to consider offering this service to customers.”

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Please note: Needles are not accepted at collection sites. Liquids are accepted, so long as they are sealed.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Collection Sites (as of September 18, 2014)