The Quincy Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will once again be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day this weekend. The event will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10am-2pm. The event will be held in the parking lot of the Quincy Police Department, 1 Sea St, Quincy, MA 02169.
National Drug Take Back Day is a biannual, free, no-questions-asked event that gives the community the opportunity to aid in the fight against substance use disorder by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs. As part of the event, residents can drop off unwanted pills or patches. Liquids, inhalers, and sharps (needles, syringes, etc) are prohibited. Please see below for information on disposing of these items.
This year residents will also be able to dispose of vape pens or other e-cigarette devices, only after the batteries are removed from the devices. Vape pens or e-cigarettes with batteries will not be accepted. If the battery cannot be removed, residents can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept their vape pen or e-cigarette devices for proper disposal.
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 obtained those medications from a friend or relative.
Quincy Police also has a permanent take back box in the police station lobby for those who wish to dispose of prescriptions but are unable to attend Take Back Day. Residents should note that no liquids, needles, sharps or inhalers can be dropped in the kiosk.
The community is also reminded that masks will be required at both the Quincy Police Department’s National Drug Take Back Day event and any time residents visit the drug disposal kiosk during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Used needles and other sharps are dangerous if not disposed of safely because they can injure people and spread infections that cause serious health conditions. Manet Community Health Center offers a syringe disposal kiosk for safe disposal at the North Quincy site at 110 West Squantum Street. The kiosk is located in the main entrance vestibule. Used sharps can be brought to the kiosk in a secured sharps container (coffee cans, small laundry detergent containers can be used).
Syringe disposal is available during the following hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, about this month’s Take Back Day or for results from past Take Back Day events, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.