Chief John J. Bryfronski is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will once again be participating in National Drug Take Back Day.
Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bedford Police Department, 55 Constitution Dr., Bedford
National Drug Take Back Day is a free, no-questions-asked event that gives the community the opportunity to aid in the fight against substance abuse by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs.
“The Bedford Police Department welcomes the opportunity to participate in National Drug Take Back Day as a way to prevent potential opioid diversion, theft or abuse,” said Chief Bryfronski. “We’ve had success in the past and are continuing this community initiative to help put an end to the circulation of prescription drugs.”
Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds of pills.
As part of the event, residents can drop off unwanted pills or patches, but not liquids, needles or sharps.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, about the Oct. 26 Take Back Day or for complete results from past Take Back Day events, visit www.DEATakeBack.com. Information from Bedford Police Department can be found at www.bedfordnhpd.org.