MELROSE — The Melrose Police Department announces that its drug disposal kiosk will reopen on Monday.

The drug disposal kiosk, located in the lobby of the Melrose Police Department’s station at 56 W Foster St., will be officially reopened on Monday, Sept. 14 and will be available for residents to properly dispose of drugs, unneeded prescriptions and unused medication samples moving forward, no questions asked. The kiosk will be open and available for use 24/7.

The kiosk was originally closed at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration’s report on the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 3.6% of the population in the United States misused pain relievers in 2018 and of those, more than half had obtained those medications from a friend or relative. 

“We know that having easy access to proper drug disposal reduces the quantity of unwanted prescription medications in area households, which reduces the risk of those drugs falling into the hands of a family member or friend struggling with substance use,” Chief Lyle said. “We’re very pleased to be reopening the kiosk, and encourage residents to stop by and dispose of any expired or otherwise unwanted prescription medications.”

“Disposals kiosks are an important tool in controlling access to prescription drugs and ensure that people have a safe and secure place to throw them away,” Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur said. “I am pleased the Melrose Police Department is again making it available to our residents.”

Residents should note that no liquids, needles, sharps or inhalers will be accepted. Additionally, all visitors to the station are required to wear a face covering unless they have a qualifying medical condition or are under the age of two. 

Residents with questions may contact the Melrose Police Department’s business line at 781-665-1212.

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Kelsey Bode worked at JGPR from Jan. 2019 to July 2021.

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