Melrose Police Department http://melrosepolice.net Working to Make Melrose a Safer Place Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:14:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Melrose Police Department to Participate in Drug Take Back Day http://melrosepolice.net/2017/04/25/melrose-police-department-participate-drug-take-back-day/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/04/25/melrose-police-department-participate-drug-take-back-day/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:44:50 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=364816 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Department to Participate in Drug Take Back Day

MELROSE— Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend.

On Saturday, April 29, the Melrose Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be accepting expired, unused and unwanted drugs at the police station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-offs are free and will remain anonymous. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. 

“Drug Take Back Day is an easy way for residents to properly dispose of old and unused medications,” Chief Lyle said. “We certainly hope that community members take advantage of this opportunity to remove potentially dangerous drugs from their homes to prevent abuse or misuse.”

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous take back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds – more than 3,500 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. 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 previous methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash —  pose potential environmental, safety and health hazards.

Residents who cannot make this weekend’s event can drop off prescription medications at the department’s drug drop-off kiosk, which is located in the station’s lobby and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, or about the April 29 event, visit the DEA website or contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Department to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend, and encourages the public to drop off their unused or unwanted prescription medications.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents can visit the Melrose police station, 56 West Foster St., to dispose of their prescription drugs. The event is run in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is free of charge, no questions asked. The DEA will accept pills and patches, but cannot take liquids, needles or sharps.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to take a moment and look through their home for any old, unused, or unwanted prescriptions that can be safely disposed of during our take back event,” Chief Lyle said. “We encourage citizens to stop by and participate to help remove potentially dangerous drugs from your homes and our community.”

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last month, 6.4 million Americans, ages 12 and over — 2.4 percent of the population — abuse prescription drugs more than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, surpassing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of those who abuse prescription drugs report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Last April, during its 11th Take Back Day, the DEA, and more than 4,200 of its national, tribal and community law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds (about 447 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at almost 5,400 collection sites. Since the program began six years ago, about 6.4 million pounds (approximately 3,200 tons) of drugs have been collected. That’s more than a quarter pound of pills for each of the 25 million children, ages 12 to 17, in America.

Residents can also drop off their prescription drugs at the Melrose Police Department’s collection kiosk, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the station’s lobby.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, or about the Oct. 22 Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control site, or contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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Melrose Police To Host National Drug Take Back Day http://melrosepolice.net/2015/09/16/melrose-police-to-host-national-drug-take-back-day/ http://melrosepolice.net/2015/09/16/melrose-police-to-host-national-drug-take-back-day/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:59:44 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=279789 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Phone: 978-769-5193
Email: jessica@jgpr.net

Melrose Police To Host National Drug Take Back Day

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in National Drug Take Back Day later this month.

Residents are encouraged to visit the police station, 56 West Foster St., on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The event is free and anonymous. The DEA will accept pills and patches, but cannot take liquids, needles or sharps.

The initiative addresses the vital public health issue of removing easily accessible and unused prescriptions from people’s houses. Studies have shown that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Residents are advised to avoid disposing unused medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage, as these methods have potential safety and health risks.

“We have certainly seen the harmful effects prescription drug abuse can have on a person, family and community,” Chief Lyle said. “We always encourage the public to remove their unused or unwanted drugs from their homes, and we hope that through this free and anonymous event more residents will be motivated to drop by the station to dispose of their prescriptions properly.”

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and municipal law enforcement partners. Since the first Take Back event, the DEA and police agencies have taken in over 4.8 million pounds of drugs.

Residents can also drop off their prescription drugs at the Melrose Police Department’s collection kiosk, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the station’s lobby.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Sept. 26 Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA Office of  Diversion Control site or contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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