April 26, 2014
Medford Police Department and Health Department will hold a Drug Take-Back at Medford City Hall in participation with the Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. If you are unable to bring your unused or expired medications, the Medford Police station has a disposal unit available in the lobby of the Police Station that is accessible 24/7.
The first DEA Take-Back event was held in September 2010. The City of Medford participated in the first event and everyone thereafter. Four days later, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substance Act to allow people and, in some instances, long term care facilities to regularly, conveniently, and safely dispose of their Controlled Substance medications by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.
Take-Back Days are needed because the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as originally written didn’t provide a way for patients, caregivers, and pet owners to dispose of controlled substance (CS) medications such as painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers, and stimulants like ADHD drugs. Prescription medications were being flushed down the toilet or disposed in the trash which poses environmental risks and may led to diversion by those who would abuse or sell the medications.