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Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday, April 26th.

Once again, police departments and law enforcement agencies across Rhode Island will participate in the very popular Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26th. Created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (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.

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

Barrington Police Department *
100 Federal Road

Bristol Police Department
395 Metacom Avenue

Burrillville Police Department *
1477 Victory Highway

Central Falls Police Department
Wildred Manor - 466 Hunt 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
CVS - 1285 South County Trail

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

Narragansett Police Department *
40 Caswell Street

Newport Police Department
120 Broadway

North Kingstown Police Department *
8166 Post Road

North Providence Police Department
1967 Mineral Spring Avenue

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 - 1 Pocasset Avenue

Walgreens - 1140 North Main Street

Walgreens Parking Lot - 533 Elmwood Avenue

Walgreens Parking Lot - 295 Academy Avenue

The Botanical Garden at Roger Williams Park - 1000 Elmwood Avenue

Richmond Police Department *
1168 Main Street

Scituate Police Department
116 Main Street

Smithfield Police Department
215 Pleasant View Avenue

Tiverton Police Department *
20 Industrial Way

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.

Since the program began in 2010, Americans have turned in 3.4 million pounds - more than 1,700 tons - of pills.

A full list of participating police departments is attached and also can be found at www.dea.gov. In addition, many police departments accept discarded prescription medication year-round. Check with your local police department to see if they offer this service. (The locations cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

“The reaction from the public to the Prescription Drug Take Back days has been terrific. More and more, people understand the dangers of having unwanted, unused and expired medications in their homes,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “The demand to rid homes of these prescription pills has been so successful that many police departments offer the free service year-round.”

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.

“Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in this country and has led to using harder illicit drugs, like heroin, to get a greater high. We need to get prescription drugs out of our homes before they can be abused and before they lead to more deadly drugs,” said Attorney General Kilmartin.

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 environmental, 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.

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 April 22, 2014)